The Department of State Services (DSS) has cautioned Civil Society Organisations against acts that would undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty.
Yusuf Bici, director-general of the DSS, gave the warning at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 15 at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja.
Bici accused some human rights organizations operating in the country of seeking to protect the guilty.
According to the spymaster, such actions might interfere in the workings of security agencies saddled with protecting lives and property of citizens.
“The people who are canvassing for human rights, let me tell you, they are just discouraging the security agencies. The person that was killed has a right, you that is claiming human rights when the security agency goes after them [killers] and you are now saying human rights. You are not being fair to us,” the DSS boss said.
“You are doing a disservice to a sovereign nation. We are not saying we will go and torment innocent people but at the same time, don’t support criminals. Let’s look at what we have. My service will not allow anybody to mess up this country. You attack our structures, and individuals, we will attack you.”
Bici further cautioned religious leaders against making unguarded statements capable of inciting Nigerians.