DSS denies dispersing doctors attending Saudi Arabian job interview

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied dispersing doctors attending a Saudi Arabia-organised job interview at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on Thursday.

Spokesman for the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, made the denial in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

Afunanya said the denial became necessary following incorrect information published circulated in some sections of the media that operatives of the DSS dispersed doctors attending the interview.

A media report had claimed that DSS operatives stormed the hotel on Thursday morning and dispersed the doctors and journalists, who gathered at the venue.

The report also alleged that a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, Marcus Fatunde, was arrested at the venue but was later released.

The recruitment interview was organised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

“Though this is illogical and does not add up, the sections of the media that reported it did not care to verify the news before going to print”, the secret agency mouthpiece said.

He added, “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.’’

Afunanya urged the media to always crosscheck facts and guard against the use of their platforms to mislead the public or to undermine national security.

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