Ado Ekiti—As controversy continue to trail the alleged killing of a policeman, Sgt. Sylvester Malik by operative of the Department of State Services, DSS, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State Police Command has accused the DSS of murdering its officer in cold blood while carrying out his legitimate duty.
The command decried the refusal of the state Director of DSS, Mr Duke Fubara, to produce the suspect, despite repeated request by the police that the culprit be produced.
The command in a statement, yesterday, made the allegation while reacting to the alleged shooting of a policeman by DSS operative when they escorted the former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Femi Thomas to DSS’s command in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday morning.
It was gathered that two policemen, Sgt Malik and Corp. Mough Tergu, from the Special Protection Unit, Lokoja, Kogi State, were said to have been shot within the premises of the DSS office after engaging in hot argument over attempt to disarm them before entering, which they resisted.
After the altercation, it was gathered that the DSS operatives allegedly opened fire on the policemen and one of them was reported to have died on the spot and the other survivoir is now on the danger list at one of the hospitals in the state.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, who said that the policeman was murdered in cold blood, accused the DSS of shielding the suspect who fired the shot.
“In fact, the DSS is shielding the suspect and we are still waiting for them to hand him over to us. The two policemen were fired at and one of them pretended as if he had died and he heard all their conversations.
“Is there any law in the land that says one should be killed for escorting someone to a barrack or command base?
“Looking at it from professional angle, dropping of arms is even unprofessional. The DSS alleged that the victims refused to be disarmed and they had to struggle with them and claimed that one of them was injured in the process. We are waiting for them to produce the injured to confirm their claims.”
He said the Police Commissioner, Mr Etop James was in Abuja for a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase with state commissioners.
When journalists visited the DSS base in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the DSS director was said to have gone to a security meeting with Governor Ayodele Fayose.
A top official, who attended to journalists said: “The DSS Director is not on seat now. He is attending a security meeting with the governor. But I want to assure you that we will reach out to you as soon as he is back.”
But no response had been received from the DSS at press time.