Apparently disturbed by the prevailing socio-economic crises engendered by the new currency regime and fuel price hike, the Centre for Human Rights and Accountability Network (CHRAN) has joined the growing calls for intervention by security agencies.

At a meeting with officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the state headquarters in Uyo, the state capital yesterday, the group lamented the excruciating pains Nigerians, especially the ordinary people are being subjected to, and called on the agency to intervene with a view to restoring sanity to the prevailing humanitarian crises in the state and Nigeria.

The state director of the human rights and pro-democracy group, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, who led the group on a courtesy visit to the state director of the DSS, Mr. M. Modibbo, conveyed the feelings of the people to the leadership of the agency and solicited for effective deployment of its operatives to curb the menace.

The CHRAN boss commended the professionalism of the officers and men of the DSS in Akwa Ibom Command, saying that the DSS has maintained good human rights record since the coming of Mr. Modibbo, as its state director.

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He said the hoarding of fuel and the redesigned naira notes have subjected Akwa Ibom people and Nigerians to serious hardship and urged the DSS to use its intelligence network to fish out those responsible for this clear case of  economic sabotage.

He said, “CHRAN is a responsible organisation which believes in constructive engagement of government and agencies on policies of government that impact negatively on the masses, before mobilizing the people on a protest against such harmful policies thus, the visit to the DSS, knowing the role that the DSS plays in the country.”

Responding, Modibbo, lauded the CHRAN leadership “for coming to engage the service on the two critical issues of fuel scarcity and unavailability of the redesigned naira notes, instead of mobilising the people and go on a protest.”


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