The Department of State Services DSS, Akwa Ibom State Command, has said that its operatives have raided several criminal hideouts in the state.
According to the security agency, the suspects arrested include cultists, kidnappers, murder suspects and armed robbers in different locations across the state.
The new DSS State’s Director, Dr Doyin Adetuberu, disclosed this during a courtesy call on him in his office by the new Executive Council of the Akwa Ibom State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by Comrade Anthony Bassey, of The Nation Newspaper, on Tuesday.
He said the feat was achieved through an intelligence-led strategy, working in close collaboration with the leadership of other sister security agencies and members of civil society.
The DSS recalled that since January when he took over the Command, several notable flashpoints in Uyo, the state capital, and other crime-prone areas outside the metropolis have been raided, leading to the arrest of the soon-to-be-prosecuted suspects.
“In no distant time, you will be proud of security agencies in the state,” he assured, adding that his regime would be people-centred with security stakeholders, the media and ordinary citizens key participants.
Adetuberu, who has been in the service for over two decades, said he was bringing his experience to bear in tackling security challenges facing the state, and urged the media to be in the vanguard of enhancing effective policing through constructive criticism and responsible reportage.
Earlier, Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ, Comrade Anthony Bassey, intimated the DSS Boss in the state, that he was on a mission to introduce the new leadership of the Chapel for a more collaborative synergy, devoid of rancour which could arise from lack of proper information.
He dismissed any act of inflammatory reportage, noting that Journalists in the Correspondents’ Chapel’s fold of the union, are sufficiently trained professionals to abhor adversarial journalism, but out to promote ethical reportage for nation-building.