Former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the unit informed the Federal Government and the National Assembly of the past radical pro-Taliban views of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami before his confirmation as minister in 2019.

He, however, said the minister must have sailed through the DSS and Senate screenings due to a lot of factors including federal character balancing.

Pantami, a former director-general with the National Information Technology Development Agency, is the only member of the Federal Executive Council from Gombe State.

He has come under fire over his past controversial comments on terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda. After initial denials, the minister later denounced his radical comments, saying he now knows better but Nigerians have been unsparing and relentless in the call for the sacking of the minister.

In an interview with THE PUNCH, the ex-DSS director also said the minister should resign as it was difficult to change someone of his kind.

He said the DSS has information on all individuals of interest, adding that the minister’s past extremist views were communicated to the Federal Government and the legislature.

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