The State Security Service (SSS) in Kano State on May 1, 2013 opened an investigation into the death threat to the executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano chapter, following the Union’s petition. The State Union Chairman filed a formal petition on behalf of others whose life came under threat by yet to be identified persons through phone calls.
The petition entitled Threat to life signed by the secretary of the chapel, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu gave details of how an unknown person claiming to be agents of the DSS had intermittently made phone calls to officials of the chapel inviting them to the state headquarters of the DSS.
The alleged security agent had said during some of the conversation with the officials of the Union that they were investigating a petition filed by one Alhaji Musa Ibrahim alleging that the Edwin Olofu-led exco is partnering with Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso administration and requested verification.
The caller threatened to ‘flick’ away any of the executive members at any public function if they refused to show up for interrogation.
The DSS was asked to look into the matter considering the security of the state, and that particularly the threat might mean kidnapping, outright assassination of identified executive members or attack on their family members.
The Director of the State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Bassey denied that no such officer existed within his command but he assured the Correspondents Chapel that the DSS will do all it can to unravel those behind the death threat with a view to bringing them to justice.