The Department of State Services has played down reports claiming it tortured Sai’du Afaka, President Buhari’s official chauffeur, to death.
Afaka’s death was disclosed on Tuesday, April 6. According to a statement issued by president aide, Garba Shehu, Afaka died in the statehouse hospital after a prolonged illness.
A report online nevertheless, claimed he was arrested after he was discovered to have convinced the President into signing a multi-million naira contract. The report added that he was arrested by DSS operatives, tortured and subsequently dumped at the State House Clinic where he passed away.
However, an official statement issued on Wednesday night, April 7, Dr. Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said the secret police never arrested Afaka and asked the public to disregard the fake information spewed by the online platform.
”While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects. Its suspect handling method is usually in compliance with the tenets of criminal justice administration system and democracy.”the statement in part read