DSS fires Marilyn Ogar, 14 others


The Department of State Services has sent two directors and 13 other senior officials on compulsory retirement.

A signal from the leadership of the service issued on Wednesday night also named the former DSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, as one of those affected by the development.

Ogar, a deputy director of the agency in charge of public relations, was removed two months ago and she equally lost her recent promotion following President Muhammadu Buhari’s nullification of the exercise.

Ogar and 44 others were promoted last March contrary to the policy in DSS that promotions were to be done at the end of each year. Also, their promotion was not made public until May.

The demotion of the former DSS spokesperson and many other officers was the very first decision taken by the Director-General, DSS, Lawal Daura, who succeeded Ekpeyong Ita who was sacked by Buhari.

Media reports said Ogar was redeployed to Maiduguri, Borno State, after her demotion but this was not confirmed by the service.

Our correspondent gathered that some personnel who had disciplinary cases may face serious sanctions including sacking, while those with records of diligence and sacrifice would be appropriately rewarded.

“The DG has a game plan which is to restore the service to the path of probity, honour and service to the nation. Many may not agree with his style or the measures he might adopt in carrying out his reforms, but you cannot fault the strategic importance of his objectives.

“The sacking of the 15 senior officials will create rooms for serious-minded operatives to move up the career ladder and this would re-invigorate the system; I mean the injection of new blood is never bad for any system, this is what we are set to witness in the service,” a source said,

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