The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied the allegation by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria that its official slapped an airport worker and breached airport security protocols.

The Department of State Services spokesman, Peter Afunanya, denied the allegation in a statement on Wednesday.

FAAN had earlier alleged that the head of the DSS at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, Safiyanu Abba, prevented the victim from searching a visitor who set off a metal detector.

The aviation agency in a tweet said that during the incident which took place on July 17, Abba slapped the aviation security officer.

“We note with dismay that Safiyanu Abba, the head of DSS at NAIA, deliberately obstructed airport security process, and slapped an aviation security officer who was performing his duty,” the tweet read.

But the DSS in its statement said it prioritised good conduct among members of its staff.

It read, “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to the official release by FAAN that its staff was assaulted by the DSS Head of Formation at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“FAAN also accused him of breaching security protocol at the Airport. So far, it has not been established that any FAAN staff was assaulted.

“DSS personnel are well mannered and could not have slapped or fought a worker of another agency.”

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