Friday, 28 November 2014

Fingerpointing Narrative: Nigeria Police Blame DSS For Bungling Aminu Ogwuche Case

The police authorities have rejected responsibility for the bungled prosecution of the alleged mastermind of the April 14 Nyanya bus station bombing, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche.

Rather, they said the Department of State Security (DSS) should take responsibility for the shoddy handling of the case.

A Federal High Court in Abuja during the week struck out charges brought against Ogwuche for what it described as lack of diligent prosecution.

In a statement yesterday by its spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Police insisted that the DSS was the
prosecutor in the case.

The statement said: “For the record, at no time did the Police arraign the suspect for terrorism-related
“Moreover, the purported prosecution/arraignment by the Police could not have happened as the Police could not prosecute a suspect it never arrested, never investigated nor had in its custody.

“It is therefore erroneous, mischievous and malicious to impute lack of diligent prosecution to the Police. It is manifestly and positively committed to the will of Nigerians to rid the nation of crimes like terrorism.

Many of our officers have paid the supreme sacrifice on account of this.
“The Police, while respecting the rights of the media to publish, however, appeal that due diligent check be observed to ensure that misleading information is not disseminated to the public.”

The Nation Newspaper