In a shocking turn of events, the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) finds itself embroiled in controversy after posting defamatory and oppressive tweets targeting renowned human rights advocate Maxwell Opara, Esq. The incident has sparked outrage among citizens and legal professionals, raising concerns about the state of democracy, lawlessness, and suppression of divergent views in the country.
The defamatory tweets, which were disseminated via the SSS’s official Twitter handle, have exposed a worrisome trend of government institutions descending into social media mudslinging, leading many to question the professionalism and integrity of the supposed secret police force.
Maxwell Opara, Esq., a respected human rights advocate, has been providing legal services to clients, including members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). However, the SSS’s tweets appear to be part of an alarming attempt to profile and blacklist him and others, painting them in a negative light.
In response to the incident, Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Esq. (KSC), a prominent lawyer, has raised his voice against the SSS’s unprofessional conduct. He has emphasized that lawyers, like Maxwell Opara, have a constitutional and professional duty to offer legal services to anyone seeking representation, irrespective of their political, ethnic, or religious background.
The SSS’s actions have further exacerbated concerns regarding its respect for the Rule of Law and constituted authorities. Reports have emerged of the SSS repeatedly violating court judgments and orders with impunity, including the non-compliance with a Court of Appeal directive for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a prominent pro-Biafra leader.
Even after the Federal High Court in Awka ordered the release of Felix Okonkwo, Okafor Lawrence Ugochukwu, and Ikenna Chibuike, who were unlawfully detained, they continue to languish in SSS custody. The SSS’s alleged involvement in the violent invasion of Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s ancestral home in Oraifite, leading to the brutal murder of his personal assistant, Mr. Samuel Okoro, remains unaddressed.
In light of these troubling events, Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Esq., has called on the President Tinubu led Government to undertake a thorough overhaul of the SSS. He urges the immediate removal of the current leadership to pave the way for a neutral and democratic citizen to take charge and restore integrity and accountability to the institution.
The legal community and concerned citizens have united in solidarity with Maxwell Opara, Esq., demanding a swift and impartial investigation into the offensive tweets that were propagated using taxpayers’ money. They emphasize that enough is enough and that the intimidation of lawyers and citizens alike must cease.
As the public outcry intensifies, the SSS faces growing pressure to address the allegations and take steps towards restoring public trust in the agency’s operations. The government’s response to these calls for reform and accountability will likely be closely monitored by all stakeholders in Nigeria’s democracy.