The Department of State Services, (DSS) has denied arresting and detaining the president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo.
Spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya in a terse statement to journalists on Tuesday night, refuted reports that Bodejo was in the secret police’s custody.
The statement read: “Bello Badejo is not with the DSS.”
This, however, conflicts a statement by the Miyetti Allah confirming that its president was arrested from the head office in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
Widespread reports had claimed that the secret police arrested Bodejo at the Miyetti Allah’s office in Nasarawa State over the recent creation of a vigilante group in Nasarawa State.
National Secretary Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Al-Hassan, who confirmed the arrestdenied claims that the president’s arrest was over the creation of a vigilante group.
He said; “Yes, our National President has been arrested. It was soldiers of the Nigerian Army and DSS operatives who came here and took him away. But the DSS has always been here, and the soldiers are his friends. I think it’s the soldiers who invited him to make some clarifications, but when I get the details, I’ll inform you.
“However, I can categorically tell you that his arrest was not in connection with the creation of the Miyetti Allah vigilante group. We created the group for security purposes, and the police, DSS, and Army were all informed and they knew about it.
“A representative of the Nigerian Army and the DSS were present when we launched the group, and we also informed the Commissioner of Police.”