New SSS DG Reverses Promotion Of Marilyn Ogar, Others Done By Jonathan Administration
Newly appointed Director General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura, has demoted Marilyn Ogar, the agency’s former spokesperson.
The demotion, which also affected some other unnamed operatives, all of whom were promoted during the last days of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan was contained in a circular by the SSS DG.
The Circular date July 3, 2015 and signed by Toma Minti on behalf of the director-general, read: “In view of the observed lapses in the promotion exercise release from 31st March, 2015 to date, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has directed it’s suspension forthwith”.
According to the circular, the personnel affected include those promoted, converted and upgraded within the period under review. They were consequently directed to revert to their former ranks with immediate effect.
Those who benefited from the exercise nationwide were said to have been allegedly promoted by the last administration for their loyalty.
In addition to her premature promotion, Ms. Ogar was was also offered a generous scholarship to do a PhD in the UK, according to one source at the agency.
A source said about 30 out of the about 100 beneficiaries of the “arbitrary and undeserving promotion” were from the Presidential Villa.
Ms. Ogar was seen as a controversial official of the DSS who often made statements that were deemed partisan. Her promotion was viewed as a reward for doing dirty political jobs for former President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a source, “the new DG is putting things right. More decisions may follow,” a source told our correspondent.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari fired his Chief Security Officer, Mr. Abdulrahman Mani, for engaging in a supremacy battle with the Aide-de-Camp to the President, Lt.-Col. Lawal Abubakar.
It would be recalled that Abubakar had earlier issued a memo redeploying DSS officials from 10 beats that they had hitherto been manning inside the Presidential Villa.
He had explained that the decision to strip the DSS officials of their traditional roles was part of efforts to enhance general security within the villa.
But in a rejoinder dated June 26, the former CSO directed the DSS officials to disregard the ADC’s order. Mani had argued that the duties being performed by DSS personnel in the Presidential Villa are backed by relevant statues and gazetted instruments.
Sources said Mani’s sack and subsequent redeployment to Bayelsa state was one of the sweeping changes being carried out by the acting Director-General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Lawan Daura, on the order of the President.