CAN Demands an Apology After the DSS Detained Four of its Members in Nigeria

ICC Note:

After Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) detained four members of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s (CAN) Trustfund Board of Trustees, the CAN demanded an apology from the DSS. The Director of Legal and Public Affairs Kwamkur Samuel sent a letter of protest to the DSS that contained CAN’s demands. CAN specifically requested  that the DSS to be “more circumspect in dealing with the Body of Christ in Nigeria, if not for any other reason, but to ensure and promote the confidence of the average Nigerian Christian in the government of the day.”

04/03/2017 Nigeria (Daily Post Nigeria) - The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has demanded apology from the Department of State Services, DSS, over detention of four members of its Trustfund Board of Trustees.

The demand was contained in a protest letter by the Director of Legal and Public Affairs in CAN, Kwamkur Samuel, to the DG of DSS, Mamman Daura

CAN Specifically asked the DSS to be “more circumspect in dealing with the Body of Christ in Nigeria, if not for any other reason, but to ensure and promote the confidence of the average Nigerian Christian in the government of the day.”

Samuel said, “Regrettably, despite assurances from your operatives, led by the Director of Operations, who said that the invitation was only to interact with these distinguished Nigerian Christians and to seek their opinion and advice on how to address the lingering ethno-religious crises in Nigeria, it turned out that the main reason behind the invitation was your interest in the video jingle produced by CAN, under the slogan “I C A N support”, to raise funds for the support of the Church and distressed Christians in Nigeria.

“It was shocking to hear from your establishment that these materials were made to incite violence in response to the attempted annihilation of the Church in Southern Kaduna. With all due respect, such analysis and conclusion were vexatious and very wrong.

“Unfortunately, you ignored our request while also insisting that the persons invited should report to your Head Office as a matter of extreme urgency, individually and on different dates. The most worrisome and reprehensible aspect of the whole exercise is that these respectable Nigerians, with the exception of General Dogonyaro, were compelled to write statements “under caution” as if they were common criminals”.

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