A man that goes by the name Alhaji Aminu Yaro Dogara has been allegedly arrested by the DSS over a huge sum of money amounting to over N407bn found in his wife’s account
The wife is alleged to be a staff of Zenith Bank
This is the story being circulated on social media over the incident
“His wife works in zenith bank and he deposited 130 billion in her account
In 3 of his accounts there is a total of 407 billion
DSS Arrested Alhaji Aminu Yaro Dogara Sarkin Hausawa And Chairman Arewa Council Of Chiefs Of Lagos And His Wife In The Connection Of Ongoing Investigation Of Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.”
Meanwhile a group has called for his immediate release in this unedited press release
COUNCIL OF AREWA CHIEFS, LAGOS STATE
PRESS STATEMENT SEAKING THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE SARKIN HAUSAWA OF LAGOS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS)
July 16, 2023
The attention of the Council of Arewa Chiefs, Lagos State has been drawn to the unexplained detention of the Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos and Chairman of the Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Aminu Idris Yaro with his wife by the Department of State Services (DSS).
We note also that the Sarkin Hausawa has been held by the DSS incommunicado for the last three days following what initially was a routine invitation which he dutifully honoured.
The Council of Arewa Chiefs also understands that the Sarkin Hausawa is being held in connection with the ongoing investigation of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele.
The Council is not unaware of the friendship relationship between the Sarkin Hausawa and Mr Godwin Emefiele just the way Emefiele is friends with many other chiefs and dignitaries all over the country and around the globe.
What is regrettable is however, the unexplained connection of a friend with the ongoing investigation of Mr Emefiele who till this moment, as far as the public is concerned, is only being accused of possession of unlicenced firearm.
The Council is concerned that the DSS might typically be used to hunt down respected leaders of community using terrorism fight as smoke screen.
While the Council of Arewa Chiefs does not dispute the prerogative of the DSS and any security service in the country to invite any person it deems useful for any of its investigations, we however find the detention of the Sarkin Hausawa incommunicado and beyond the lawfully allowed 24 hours by the DSS, repugnant to the sensibilities of the traditional rulership system, the Arewa community and the Council of Chiefs.
The Council of Arewa Chiefs, and indeed the Arewa Community in the South-West and every decent Nigerian and institution in Nigeria can without a doubt attest to the Sarkin Hausawa’s credibility, leadership, sacrifice, statesmanship, patriotism and unwavering commitment to the interests of the people of Northern Nigerian in the South, and citizens of Nigeria as whole.
He is as well known never to lower the bar where the interests of the North, the unity and security of Nigeria, or the welfare of all citizens are involved.
While the Council of Arewa Chiefs is very much aware of the obligations on every Nigerian to assist government agencies and institutions in the all-important fight against corruption within the laws of the land, and in building a nation united around the values of justice and honest enterprise, we nevertheless shall remain firm in the belief that security agencies are as much deserving of respect in the same manner the traditional institutions demand to be respected.
Traditional rulers will first need to be accorded commensurate respect, their emasculation, maltreatment and harassment has to be ended and their revered place of respect assured assured before we can place any hope in them to do anything meaningful in the community.
Having come this far, the Council of Arewa Chiefs wishes to make the following demands from the DSS and or any other agency or institution involved with the current incarceration of the Sarkin Hausawa:
- Demand his immediate and unconditional release from what obviously is an unlawful detention.
Grant him immediate access to legal representation, medical attention and family members.
In the alternative, present him for cognizance by a competent court of law in accordance with the provisions that invalidate the indefinite detention of persons without trial.
COUNCIL OF AREWA CHIEFS
JARMAN LAGOS, YERIMA SHETTIMA
The DSS has not issued any statement on the matter as at the time of this report