Court Dismisses Suit Filed By Ex-DSS Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar

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The National Industrial Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by a former spokesperson of the Department Of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, over her retirement from office in September 2015.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Monday, Justice Olufunke Anuwe held that the originating summons filed by Marilyn Ogar was invalid and dead because it was filed two years and seven months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved her compulsory retirement from office.

Justice Anuwe further held that the original summons failed to disclose any reasonable cause of action neither was it served on the Attorney General of the Federation, the DSS and the agency’s Director General who are the defendants in the case.

Marilyn Ogar and 44 others were demoted and compulsorily retired by the Federal Government in September 2015.

The former DSS spokesperson asked the court to nullify her retirement and reinstate her with all her ranks, salaries and benefits to the employment of the FG.

She further asked the court to set aside her purported demotion from assistant director to chief security intelligence officer.

DSS Retires Former Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar

marilyn_Ogar-dssThe Spokesperson of the Department of State Security (DSS), under the last administration, Marilyn Ogar, has been compulsorily retired from service.

Sources from the Federal Government agency revealed that Mrs Ogar was investigated over issues relating to her conduct in the last few years, which turned out that she was found guilty on alleged partisanship in the build-up of the 2015 general elections.

Although the former Spokesperson of the DSS is not due for retirement, the action of the security agency is seen as a disciplinary measure.

It will be recalled that Ogar was recalled from a study leave abroad, removed as the spokesperson of the agency and later demoted from the rank of deputy director after she was promoted in the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.

 

DSS Warns On Inciting, Divisive And Unguarded Statements

marilyn_OgarThe Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday warned against inciting, unguarded and divisive statements by some Nigerians.

In a statement released by the Deputy Director, Public Relations Marilyn Ogar, the Service said “Its attention has been drawn to certain unguarded, inciting and divisive statements by some persons.

“We want to warn those stoking these embers of violence and disunity to desist, as this will not be tolerated. We should all strive to strengthen our nascent democracy as we work towards building a better Nigeria.

”We want to also seize this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the Presidential election and urge them to shun all forms of violence before, during and after the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election which will take place this weekend 11th April, 2015”, Ms Ogar said.

The Service also called “on all citizens to turnout and exercise their civic responsibility without fear as adequate security has been emplaced to ensure their safety”.

This statement is coming barely 48 hours after a statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, was said to have threatened the existence of Igbos in Lagos State.

However, the royal father, who in a statement tried to clear the air on the issue, restated his commitment to ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all residents of Lagos State irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion.

DSS Says Groups Plan To Announce Election Results Before INEC

marilyn_OgarThe Department of State Services (DSS) in Nigeria says there are plans by some groups to announce election results before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concludes its collation exercise.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, advised all citizens of Nigeria, election observers and the international community to disregard election results not announced by the INEC.

She reiterated that the INEC remained the only authentic body authorised to announce election results.

“Once more, we reiterate our call on all eligible voters to come out and exercise their franchise as security is guaranteed.

“We also want to seize this opportunity to remind voters to remain vigilant and to warn all those who have no business with the electoral process to keep away from Polling Units and Collation Centres,” the statement read.

DSS Tasks Voters On Security During Polls

dss_officersThe Department of State Services (DSS) has advised all registered voters to be law abiding and security conscious while exercising their franchise.

In a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the service, Marilyn Ogar, the DSS gave assurances of guaranteed security while asking voters to abide by all stipulated guidelines to ensure peaceful conduct.

A part of the statement reads: “The task of nation building is our collective responsibility; therefore, let us all play our parts and shun violence.

“Voters are advised to be weary of persons in loose or bulky midriff clothing, which are inappropriate for the weather, look out for unattended baggage, strange containers and other suspicious items.

“Similarly, all vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles and bicycles must be parked far away from the polling stations. Suspicious persons, activities and movements should be promptly reported to security agents.”

The DSS had last month in a statement, urged Nigerians to remain calm ahead of the postponed 2015 general elections. This was on the back of information it received that people were relocating to their states of origin in anticipation of violence during the forthcoming general elections in the country.

They gave an assurance to the public that adequate security is guaranteed for all citizens before, during and after the elections, wherever they reside.

The DSS also cautioned “those who spread falsehood or rumours of violence to desist from such acts. Those who intend to foment trouble are hereby warned that there will be no hiding place, as the long arm of the law will fish them out”.

Nigeria’s presidential elections is expected to hold on Saturday, March 28, after it had been postponed by INEC due to security challenges in some parts of the country.

DSS Urges Calm Ahead Of March General Elections

Marilyn-Ogar2The Department of State Security (DSS) has urged Nigerians to remain calm ahead of the postponed 2015 general elections.

A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Department, Marilyn Ogar said “it has come to the knowledge of security agencies that people are relocating to their States of Origin in anticipation of violence during the forthcoming general elections in the country.

“We wish to reassure the public of their safety wherever they reside as adequate security is assured for all before, during and after the elections.

“We want to also seize this opportunity to caution those who spread falsehood or rumours of violence to desist from such acts. Those who intend to foment trouble are hereby warned that there will be no hiding place, as the long arm of the law will fish them out”, the statement added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) had announced a shift in the general elections dates to March 28 and April 11.

The new schedule was announced on Saturday by the Chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, after meetings with political stakeholders.

Professor Jega said that the Presidential Election would hold on March 28 while the Governorship election would hold on April 11.

DSS Accuses APC Of Training Its Members On How To Hack INEC Data

Marilyn-ogar2The Department of State Service (DSS) says investigations by the service revealed that there was an elaborate plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to inflate its membership data ahead of the February 2015 general elections.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, spokesperson for the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, says the party also had plans to hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voter register across the country.

She said a search conducted by the service at number 10 Ajibola street, Ikeja, Lagos in November, 2014 was backed by a search warrant as required by law.

“Investigations revealed that the property was being used for illegal voter registration exercise,” she said.

Ogar displayed pictures of persons alleged to have been registered illegally by the party, insisting that number 10 Ajibola Street never had a signboard, banner or flag indicating that the building was being used by a political party.

She also said one of the items discovered during the operation included a video on how to become a computer hacker.

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Some of the registration documents displayed by the DSS during the press briefing.

“The video explains how to hack into the systems of media houses with the aim of broadcasting fake stories and headlines.

“We also found volumes of hard manuals on how to hack. that i will show to you later.

“It was also discovered that the APC registered underagged persons including several infants, babies, as members of their parties.

“This service and other security services know that Article 9 of the APC party’s constitution expressly says membership of the party shall be open to any citizen of Nigeria who has attained the age of 18 years and accepts the aims and objectives of the party,” she said.

The DSS claims are coming barely five weeks to the general elections.

In response to the allegations the All Progressives Congress dismissed the claims of the DSS, saying the claimed findings were “a great disservice to Nigeria and an embarrassment to all intelligence-gathering organisations around the world”.

In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the spokesman for the APC, Mr Lai Mohammed, the party alleged that the timing of the release of the findings was a plot orchestrated in collusion with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to distract the APC from its ongoing campaigns for next month’s elections.It described as “disingenuous, flimsy, premeditated, partisan and an irritant” the DSS premise that the APC had an “articulated plan to inflate the party’s membership data as well as hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voters register across the country”.

While the All Progressive Congress has filed a lawsuit to challenge the raid and arrest of its members, the DSS says those arrested at the building have been charged to court as further investigation continues.

SSS Parades Fake Boko Haram Negotiators

boko haram inpostersThe Department of State Security  Service (SSS) has read the Riot act to all persons who are out to make merchandise of the Boko Haram insurgency through fake negotiations and subversive campaigns against the federal government.

Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar read the Riot Act in Abuja while parading seven suspects who collected about six million naira from government negotiators under the disguise of being members of Boko Haram.

The service said the seven suspects are associates of an Australian self-styled negotiator, Steven Davis who purportedly indicted a former Chief of Army Staff and a former Governor of Borno state as sponsors of Boko Haram.

Security Agency To Question Sheriff Over Alleged Boko Haram Sponsorship

Marilyn-OgarA former Governor of Borno State, in Nigeria’s north-east, Ali Modu Sheriff, will soon appear before the Department of State Services (DSS) to answer questions over allegations that he is one of the sponsors of a terrorist group, the Boko Haram.

Spokesperson to the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, told reporters in Abuja on Friday that the service had once invited the former governor for questioning over the activities of the Boko Haram in the past, but that he would be invited again.

She dismissed insinuations that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, had any link to the sect.

“I would want to say here that it is absolutely uncharitable for us as Nigerians to reward somebody who laid down his life in pursuing this same people for us to accept that he can in anyway be associated as sponsoring the same sect.

“The military together with this service succeeded in bringing the activities in Kano Okene and other parts of Nigeria to a halt and pushing them to Sambisa forest is the same man we want, because he is no longer in office, to say that he is the one that is sponsoring the Boko Haram. I think it’s being wicked. That should not be the way we should reward people who laid down their lives to provide a secured environment for us,” she said.

An Australian hostage negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis, had accused prominent Nigerian politicians, including former Governor Sheriff, of being primary Boko Haram sponsors.

Dr Davis, a self-appointed negotiator, has been negotiating for the release of some 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April.

Meanwhile, she appealed for caution as such allegations by Dr Davis, an Australian was capable of destroying the good works of patriotic Nigerians if not based on facts.

Mr Sheriff has denied the allegation, saying he had no association with any terrorists anywhere.

The Boko Haram sect had carried out series of attacks on villages, churches, mosques, schools and at public places mostly in the north eastern part of Nigeria.

APC To Sue Ogar For Linking It With Boko Haram

Marilyn-ogarThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will sue the spokesperson of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, for attempting to link the party with the Boko Haram sect without providing a shred of evidence.

In a statement issued in Ilorin on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, the political party condemned Ogar’s attempt to blame the APC for the series of bomb blasts in Nigeria.

The party further called on Ogar to resign or be fired, saying that taking her to court would give her the opportunity to present whatever evidence she may have of the APC ‘s complicity.

In the statement, the party said: “The DSS threw caution to the wind and exhibited its crass partisanship when the agency’s spokesperson, Ogar, said on national television that anytime the APC wins an election, there is no bomb blast, but that whenever other parties win, there is always a bomb blast.

“That this incredulous accusation could be made by the spokesperson of a security agency, without providing a scintilla of evidence to support such claim, has confirmed our fears that the nation’s security agencies have now constituted themselves into the enforcement arm of

the PDP.

“He Who Alleges Must Prove”

“For the DSS Spokesperson to echo the same capricious statement that has been made in the past by the spokesman of the PDP shows that the agency has dropped its toga of non-partisanship and has descended into the political fray. If the DSS has any professional ethics, if DSS is not an arm of the PDP, then the agency must publicly dissociate itself from the irresponsible and unfounded allegation by Ogar and disengage her from the service.

“Doing that will be the first step in restoring the credibility, or whatever is left of it, of the DSS. In the alternative, we challenge the DSS to present to Nigerians any evidence it may have linking our party to the spate of bomb blasts in the country. After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove”.

The party said since the APC won the election in Osun, Ogar had been struggling hard to discredit the party and its victory, including making a spurious allegation that the party offered the DSS 14 million Naira as a bribe and also trying to make a joke of the arrest of the party’s spokesman, Mr Lai Mohammed, for no other reason than that he belongs to the opposition.

“Institutions of state like the DSS must know that their responsibility is to the nation, not to any political party that may be having a transient hold on power, that their loyalty is to the nation, not to any individual. This way, the institutions will keep their integrity intact and also serve the nation properly. Irrespective of the government in power, institutions of state must stay above the fray, in line with best practices.

“This is a lesson that should not be hard for the fellows over there at the DSS to understand, going by the antecedents of their agency. However, where they choose to play politics with their professionalism and integrity, they will soon realize there are working in an agency that is not worth its salt, one that has lost the respect of the citizenry,” the statement further read.

APC urged the National Assembly to invite the Director-General of the DSS to explain if Ogar’s partisan stance represents the official position of the service on the spate of bomb blasts in the country; if indeed 14 billion Naira was offered as a bribe to the DSS and by who; and why the DSS has chosen to descend to the political fray at the expense of its professionalism and national loyalty.

DSS Parades Suspected Kidnappers 

sss presidentThe Department of State Services has paraded 16 persons suspected to have masterminded the kidnap of two sisters in Abuja and a relation of President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State.

The suspected kidnappers received 10 million ransom before the abducted girls were released. The two sisters were abducted on June 8 and were released on June 17.

Addressing a News Conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Deputy Director and Spokesperson of the Service, Marilyn Ogar, said that the suspects were arrested following a security operation by the service.

Ogar added that the leader of the gang (names withheld), was arrested and convicted of illegal possession of arms and ammunition in 2013.

“After serving the jail term of one and half years at the Keffi Prison in Nasarawa State, he returned to his criminal activities”, she said.

While acknowledging the support of members of the public in the fight against criminal acts, the service stressed the need for members of the public to be vigilant about their environment, as issues of security cannot be left in the hands of security agencies alone.

Investigation Is Still Ongoing To Uncover Those Behind Emab Plaza Bombing- Ogar

Marilyn OgarThe spokespersons of the State Security Service and Nigeria Police Force, Marilyn Ogar and Frank Mba respectively on Thursday said investigations are ongoing to uncover those behind the bombing that killed 21 people in a popuar shopping plaza located in Wuse, Abuja on Wednesday.

They also encouraged the public to avail them with information that will help in their investigations.

They told journalists in a joint briefing at the scene of the blast that they will subsequently bring suspects to the public after investigations are completed.

At least 21 persons were confirmed dead and 17 others injured in an explosion that rocked Emab Plaza in Abuja on Wednesday.

The explosion came barely two months after two explosions occurred at the Nyanya Motor Park in the outskirt of Nigeria’s capital city.

The bomb, concealed in an Abuja Taxi, went off at the popular shopping centre after it was dropped by an okada rider.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the bomb was dropped at the exit point of the plaza, close to a mini taxi park where passengers are picked by drivers.