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Mon, Sep 11, 2023 8:25 PM

Exclusive: Tailor Shot by Alleged DSS Operatives in Abuja Market

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Exclusive: Tailor Shot by Alleged DSS Operatives in Abuja Market
Mubarak Usman, a tailor based in Abuja, shares his shocking account of being shot by alleged operatives of Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) at Garki Market. The incident raises concerns about the engagement of security agencies in civil matters and sheds light on the vulnerability of ordinary Nigerians to abuse of power. Calls for a thorough investigation and police reform continue to grow.

In a harrowing incident that has sent shockwaves across the nation, Abuja-based tailor Mubarak Usman narrated his exclusive account of being shot by alleged operatives of Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) while at work in Garki Market.

According to Usman, the incident began when a disgruntled customer reported him to the DSS after a clothing sample belonging to her mother-in-law went missing and some work remained unfinished. Usman admitted to not completing the remaining items but had reported the matter to the police, who had advised caution and provided him with an emergency contact number.

Usman's ordeal unfolded on the day of the incident when three men dressed in DSS uniforms approached him, claiming he was under arrest. Fearing for his safety, Usman tried to escape to a nearby police station. However, his attempt to flee was met with a gunshot near his knee.

The tailor's traumatic experience worsened as he was brutally beaten by the alleged DSS operatives, despite being injured and bleeding. "They started dragging me, and that was when I sustained most injuries on my body," Usman recounted, his voice trembling with fear.

Fortunately, intervention from the police and concerned witnesses prevented Usman's arrest. "The police later came and insisted that they won't take me away, and after some time they left," he added, visibly relieved.

The incident has sparked outrage and ignited fresh debates about the conduct of the DSS, particularly when involved in non-security matters and personal disputes. It lays bare the vulnerability of everyday Nigerians to potential abuse of power by law enforcement agencies.

Civil rights organizations and legal experts have called for a thorough investigation into the matter, urging that those responsible be held accountable for their actions. This case has once again intensified the ongoing discussion about police reform in Nigeria and the urgent need to address the misuse of power by security agencies.

Despite the gravity of the incident and the public outcry, the DSS has yet to issue an official statement regarding the alleged shooting and assault.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safeguarding the rights and safety of citizens in a democratic society. It highlights the pressing need for comprehensive police reform, ensuring that law enforcement agencies are held to the highest standards of accountability and professionalism.

As Nigerians grapple with this distressing incident, it is critical for the relevant authorities to address the concerns raised and take swift action to restore public trust in the DSS and the entire law enforcement system. The pursuit of justice and the protection of citizens' well-being must always remain paramount in the quest for a safer and more just Nigeria.

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