Group Petition SSS Over Conduct of Its Operatives in Osun Election and the Allegation of Corruption Raised By Marilyn Ogar
A group, Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative (CRGI) has petitioned the Department of State Security Service (DSS) on the conduct of its operatives in last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun Stat as well as the allegation of corruption raised by its spokepersons, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar.
The petition reads:
With due regards Sir, I have the authority of the governing board of the Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative (CRGI) to intimate you with this civil society organization which is at the vanguard for strict observance of the tenets of rule of law and due process in our national life.
Sir, once again, we are being forced to draw your attention by our patriotic zeal to anomalies observed in the conduct of personnel of the DSS in the recently conducted Osun state gubernatorial election that are inimical to professional ethics, oath of allegiance, national security, unity and our democracy.
Sir, if you will recollect, we petitioned your office prior to the election about the indiscriminate shootings by officers of the DSS on street patrols in towns in Osun state as well as the wearing of masks. We were also worried that a revered security institution like the DSS which is our own secret police in the mould of KGB in USSR, CIA in USA was breaching its constitutional responsibility of being secret by its public display of naked force.
We hoped that by petitioning your office then, that this anomalies would be corrected before, during and after the election, but to our greatest dismay, the conduct of the DSS during the aforementioned period, left much to be desired as it was a disservice to our national image. We observed how security agents inclusive of DSS clothed operatives in mask and without identification tag, violated the rights of people with impunity through harassment, intimidation, assault and even arrested people on queue to accredit and vote on election day, journalists and observers.
Once again sir, we would want to know, if its within the schedule of operations for security operatives to wear mask and without identification tags when on electoral duty?
We also wish to bring to your notice for urgent investigation and ensure prosecution, the latest allegation of attempted bribe of DSS directors by an unnamed politician as raised by the deputy director of information of the DSS, Mrs. Marilyn at a press conference she granted in Abuja, recently.
Sir, our concern for your urgent intervention stems from the fact that her statements at the said press conference portrays an institution of the state of which she is the spokesperson as heavily biased and compromised in utter violation of its constitutional responsibility.
Sir, read below, what was ascribed to Mrs. Marilyn Ogar at the press conference by the media,
“On Tuesday, spokesperson of the State Security Service (SSS), Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, accused “a certain political party” of offering two SSS officials a combined bribe of N14million to influence the Osun State gubernatorial election, won by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Ogar, who was speaking at a media briefing in Abuja, an SSS director was offered N4million while another was offered N10million. “A director in charge of election duties (security) was offered N4 million for himself and N10 million,” she stated.
“It is because the money was declined, that is why the ‘certain political party’ is having a running battle with the DSS. Thank God the APC won the election; its loss could have been blamed on the DSS”
Sir, in view of the fact that the DSS is an institution of the state that is very conversant with the workings of the law, one is therefore at a loss, why it chose to make a public show of this criminal act and an attempted violation of the electoral Act instead of reporting it to the police for prosecution?
Therefore, sir, we are using this medium to demand an immediate investigation and prosecution of this matter for the sake of the integrity of the DSS, justice, national security and our democracy.
We are also demanding that you use your good office to immediately put in place machineries for the re-orientation and refocussing of our security agencies in line with global best practices for the sake of our democracy and national unity.
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