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Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON Interim Management Committee, IMC, has given the Department of State Services, DSS, a 24-hour ultimatum to release five of its staff they arrested and detained.


The association made the call in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary and Chairman Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Prince Jide Ashonibare in Abuja.


ALGON-IMC said the operatives of the DSS led by one Director named Yusuf Ibrahim, stormed the Abuja office of the association on Monday and arrested five of its staff.


They accused Ibrahim of conniving with another ALGON-faction, headed by Hon Alabi David, Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, LCDA to perpetuate injustice against the association and its activities.


The association recalled that a Federal High Court had restrained the David-led faction of ALGON from parading itself as the leaders of the association.


While condemning the arrest, the leadership of the ALGON-IMC described the action of the DSS as an injustice has taken so far against the leadership of the organization.


“Yusuf Ibrahim is collaborating with Alabi and others, to frustrate the activities of the association, it is a well-known fact that the DSS is charged with the mandate of protecting and defending the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of Nigeria, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to both federal and state law-enforcement organs.


 “It is however not supposed to aid illegality or dabble into civil a matter that is before a court of competent jurisdiction. The said officer also assumed adjudication and even interpreted the order of the Court the way it suits him, so disgusting!


“We don’t know what his interest is in this matter to the extent that disqualifying and questioning the existence of the IMC. We call on the Director General (DG DSS) to please call him to order.


“It is on good authority and information that Director Yusuf Ibrahim has involved himself fraudulently with Hon. Kolade Alabi is not a bonafide member of the association; hence the reason he has been carrying out arrests and involving himself with dirty dealings thereby bringing disrepute to the good name of the service. We are however calling on the security service to allow the court to carry out its duties appropriately; we hereby give them an ultimatum of 24 hours to release to us in good fate our staffs in their custody,” part of the statement read.


ALGON-IMC however appealed to the Director-General of the DSS Mr. Yusuf Bichi to intervene and ensure that justice is done to the illegally arrested staff of the association.

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