Department of State Services (DSS) has denied report of giving widows of its seven personnel killed by kidnappers at Ikorodu area of Lagos N250,000 each.
The fallen officers, Bayo Adeniyi, O.O Kayode, Luke Amole, Uzo Nwafor, S. Owolabi, S. Adegbite, and Ben Mafo were killed in the line of duty while trying to rescue a kidnapped victim. It was alleged that they were buried in shallow graves in the creek.
One of the seven DSS officers killed, Nwafor, was a brother to actor Don Saint.
The actor on his social media handle recently in a post, said that the widows were invited on October 29 and handed N250,000 each for the burial of their husbands.
The post reads: “After over one year of sorrows, pains and false hope, the DSS has finally alerted the families of missing DSS officers that their loved ones ‘died’ as heroes in the line of duty.
“On Saturday, October 29, the DSS gave each of the families N250,000 as their own contribution for their burial. When we asked about their bodies, they told us that they couldn’t locate their bodies.
“The Minister for Information once said that most Nigerians spend up to N100,000 on a bottle of Champagne. So, I ask, if the lives of these ‘fallen’ heroes as they said, are worth only about two bottles of Champagne each?
“I am making a case not only for my brother but for all the security personnel who put their lives in harm’s way for the sake of this nation.
“While some people are paid to loot our money, those people who put their lives on the line are treated as… They say what goes around comes around, hence, as we continue to wallow in our pains, we thank President Buhari and the DSS as we lay this on the table of God Almighty! God bless Nigeria!”
But the DSS has denied the actor’s narrative.
“It is not true that they were only given N250,000. The families were given cheques too. Some of them got as much as N6million cheque. They all didn’t get the same amount because the cheques were based on seniority,” The Nation quoted an officer of the intelligence agency as saying.