The Department of State Security (DSS) has detained five of its personnel in connection with the brutalisation of teachers at the Federal Government Girls College in Calabar, Cross River State.
The five affected officials, it was learnt, were being held at the cell of the Cross River State Command of the DSS in Calabar on Wednesday.
A source within the polity of the security outfit disclosed that the affected personnel were arrested almost immediately after the incident occurred on February 2 for going against the rules and regulations of the service.
According to the source, the affected personnel were not given official directive to go to the school.
The source further stated that the top hierarchy of the security outfit was apparently mortified by the perceived unprofessional conduct by its personnel, hence their detention.
He said, “Their arrest and detention was an indication that the DSS has officially commenced investigations into the matter in line with its set out standards of arresting such issues that involves their personnel.”
The source also said that the management of the FGGC Calabar had yet to formally lodge any complaint about the brutalisation of its staff.
“As we speak, five of our security personnel are in detention and we have commenced investigation into the incident that happened at the FGGC Calabar. Those who went there did not have official directive to go there.
“The school has not yet reported what happened to us. The matter is going to be thoroughly investigated and if any of our colleagues is found culpable, the person will be punished according to the laws regulating the conduct of DSS staff.
“The DSS remains a law-abiding organisation and will never condone any act of lawlessness from any of its men and officers,” he said.