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DSS release statement over personnel who shot tailor, sales girl in Garki Market Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) has released an official statement regarding the shooting of a tailor and sales girl in Garki market Abuja on Thursday evening.

According to reports, a lady had invited some DSS personnels to “deal with” her tailor, who failed to deliver her clothes as agreed.

The DSS arrived at the scene and shot the tailor. A salesgirl working in another shop was also hit in the nose by a stray bullet.

Angered by the actions of the DSS personnel, people in Garki market attempted to block them from leaving the market but the personnels quickly took to their heels.

In an official statement on the X handle of DSS signed by Dr Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer of DSS, the incident is being investigated to bring the culprits to book.

Read statement:


The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an incident that occurred a few hours ago (today, 7/9/2023) between its staff and a mob at the Garki Market, Abuja. Information at the disposal of the Service was that its FCT Command responded to an SOS from their field operatives who allegedly came under a mob attack in the said market. Consequently, the Service has commenced an investigation into the matter. The public is assured that details of the inquiries will be communicated as soon as possible. The Service assures that it will not hesitate to mete out proper disciplinary measure(s) to its staff if found culpable or running foul of Standard Operating Procedures on dealing with a member of the public.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi

Public Relations Officer Department of State Services National Headquarters Abuja.

7th September, 2023.

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