By Lekan Macualay:
The newly appointed DSS Director, Mr. A. A. Illupeju, today met with Members of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPA), Cross River State Chapter, where he revealed that insecurity is the major cause of underdevelopment in the State.
The Chapter Chairman of OMPA, Mr. Efiok Nyok stated that the engagement was aimed at congratulating the new Director of the Department of State Security as well as to extend the relationship between OMPAN and the previous Director DSS in the state.
He informed the new DSS Boss that OMPA was made up of professional registered online media journalists, bloggers and practitioners. He lamented the allegations labeled on the Association because of the personal interests of some unscrupulous, quack social media users who parade themselves as members of OMPA.
Replying to the Chairman of OMPA, Mr A. A Illupeju stated that the DSS has always been a media friendly agency, promising that that will not change in his tenure. He also assured the members of OMPAN that his doors will always be open for its members.
Going Further, the DG spoke on the challenges bothering the Agency in the State as he cautioned members of OMPAN to desist from publishing and popularizing false news for financial benefits as it’s punishment will still come back to hunt them in the near future, stressing that promotion and recognition comes from God alone.
Finally, the DG frowned upon the high level of insecurity in the State, said it’s one of the major reasons why most parts of the State is still underdeveloped, stating out that investors cannot come to a place where kidnapping, robbery and cultism are on rampage. He also urged the general public to be proactive in the fight against insecurity and assured them that even though issues reported to the DSS take some time to be resolved, they should not lose hope as the DSS will never leave any case unresolved, no matter how long it took.