The Department of State Services (DSS) has refuted claims that they have been dispersing medical doctors partaking in a recruitment interview organised by a firm on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
According to a media report, DSS operatives allegedly raged the hotel last Thursday morning and dispersed doctors and journalists, who assembled at the venue.
The report further claimed that a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, Marcus Fatunde, was arrested at the venue, but was later released.
However, the DSS, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya on Friday, confirmed that no operation was executed in the hotel, stressing that the report was composed to humiliate the organisation.
The statement read: “The attention of the DSS has once again been drawn to a falsehood being circulated in the media that it dispersed doctors attending a Saudi Arabia-organised job interview at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, yesterday, 26th August, 2021.
“Though this is illogical and does not add up, sections of the media that reported it did not care to verify the news before going to print. No further evidence was also adduced to prove that the DSS carried out such operation at the hotel. It is obvious that the news is only designed to embarrass the organisation.
“Journalists and other media practitioners are enjoined to crosscheck their facts and ensure that they do not use their platforms to mislead the public or undermine national security.” He said.
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