Police reportedly shoot DSS official, arrest 37 residents during raid on Abuja community

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Personnel of the Nigeria Police have shot an official of the Department of State Services (DSS) during a raid on Dakwa community, an Abuja suburb.

The yet-to-be identified DSS operative was said to be on transit when he was allegedly shot in the Dakwa raid by officers from the Zuba Division in the Federal Capital Territory, Daily Trust reports.

It was gathered that 37 residents and other passersby in the community were arrested during the operation which took take place around 8pm on Friday.

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A resident, Aliyu Ibrahim, who is a security guard in one of the private schools in the area, was one of those arrested and taken to the police station where they spent the night.

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He said other people arrested included traders, tea and roasted meat sellers as well as commercial motorcyclists.

“They stormed the area with three vehicles including a Hilux van, bus and a utility vehicle. “They operated alongside local vigilantes who rode the impounded motorcycles, while their owners and other arrested people were conveyed in the police vehicles.”

Another resident, who craved anonymity, alleged that the residents were released the following morning on bail, after parting with N5,000 each.

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The Zuba Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Osor Moses, confirmed the shooting of the DSS official but said he was responding to treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada.

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