The Cross River State Command of Department of State Services (DSS) has reacted to the arrest of its personnel, Eyo Bassey Eyo, who was paraded as a kidnapper by the State Police command, saying parading Eyo and tagging him ‘kidnapper’ was misrepresentation of facts.
Recall that Eyo was paraded alongside three others for an alleged attempt at kidnapping one Robert Bassey. Bassey had allegedly collected the sum of N218 from Eyo’s friends in a pretext to secure admission for them in the University of Calabar.
Eyo, who spoke to newsmen at the State Police headquarters where he was paraded had denied being a kidnapper, and that the debtor, Robert Bassey, framed them up after he had duped his friends of their hard earned money.
Speaking, the State Director of DSS, Mr Adebayo Ilupeju, in a press statement made available to our reporter yesterday, said: “The attention of the Cross River State Command of Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the alleged arrest of one of its personnel, Eyo Bassey Eyo and his subsequent parade by the Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad of the Nigeria Police in Calabar, Cross River State over suspected kidnap.
“The Command wishes to state that this is a misrepresentation of what happened. The fact is that Eyo had accompanied three (3) of his friends namely Eyo Edet, Sylvia James and Jason Udo to assist them recover a debt from Robert Bassey.
“Investigation has revealed that Bassey had fleeced the trio of Edet, James and Udo of a certain sum of money with a promise to help them secure admission at the University of Calabar. But when Bassey could not fulfill his obligation, they demanded a refund of the money which he had defaulted severally.
“The story was brought to the attention of Eyo who advised that the matter be reported to the Police. His advice however fell on deaf ears and unknown to him, his friends took him along to the home of Bassey who connived with his brothers and invited the Police, claiming that they were being kidnapped.
“On arrival, the Police apprehended the alleged kidnappers and Eyo who was in the company of the trio. Meanwhile, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against Eyo for engaging in debt recovery. This is termed an illegal operation as it runs contrary to the Service’s rules for conduct of its personnel.
It became imperative that this explanation is made in order to put things in their right perspective. The Service maintains robust relationship with other sister agencies and will further assist the police in its investigations.”