Staff grant subsidy looting allegation: DSS opens up 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed reports in the social media alleging that the Director General State Services (DGSS), Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, looted staff subsidy grant, describing the report as a “spurious publication.”

DSS Director, PR & Strategic Communications, Dr. Peter Afunanya, in a press statement, weekend in Abuja, maintained that neither the DG nor anyone acting on his directive looted staff subsidy grant.

“The Service hereby states that the allegations are entirely false. It wishes to clarify that neither the DG nor anyone acting on his directive has looted staff subsidy grant.

“No such grant has been made available to the Service and once that is allocated, staff will, as usual, receive what is due them. Mr Bichi has, in all ramifications, evidently catered for the welfare of active and retired personnel. This is common knowledge and can be verified by Ude.

“Similarly, the so-called “goodbye allowance” which Ude accused the DG of granting himself is non-existent. It is only an imagination of the writer and his sponsors. But assuming the DG is paid any severance package at the end of his tenure, how is that unethical and outside established public service rule?

“While Ude is at his mischief once again and has continued to smear the image of Mr Bichi as well as present him as corrupt, facts at the DSS show otherwise. Recalled from retirement in 2018 and appointed the DGSS, Bichi is seen as Spartan, accountable, transparent and indeed, incorruptible. He has remained resolute in running the Service and shown uncommon commitment in the management of its affairs.

“His top priorities are staff welfare and judicious application of human and material resources. Any misleading narratives to the contrary are therefore unacceptable.”

Afunanya further stated that, “In view of the foregoing, the public is urged to disregard the falsehood being peddled by this known fake news merchant whose only stock in trade is to misinform as well as use his platforms to create division and violence.”

He disclosed that the DGSS would take appropriate legal steps to seek redress.

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