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Politics PremiumTimes Editorial: DSS, Sack Marilyn Ogar Now


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On more occasions than one, the spokesperson of the Department of State Security (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, has wounded the reputation of her organisation, and committed violence against the psyche of Nigerians through her unguarded, embarrassing and unprofessional utterances. Her latest – linking some unnamed members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Boko Haram insurgency – followed on the trail of similar earlier questionable vituperations against perceived opponents of the federal government. In the process, she has consistently portrayed her organization as mere tool for political propaganda and intimidation, rather than the professional security outfit it ought to be.

Security organizations, more so a secret service such as the DSS, are supposed to be professional and dispassionate information seekers and analysts that act to provide security for the people and facilitate the prosecution of crimes. Partisan propaganda is one path they should never follow. Neither should they be seen to be dishing out flimsy propaganda and presenting it as information. We find it astonishing that the spokesperson of the DSS should be doing the rounds of talk shows and actively seeking camera opportunities to cast aspersions on the opposition. How come she does not even appear to be aware of neutrality and discretion in the conduct of their affairs?

Ms. Ogar has recently upped the ante of her unguarded utterances by her partisan comments following the recent Osun elections. It would be recalled that she rushed to the media immediately after the election result was announced claiming that some opposition APC politicians had offered the Service’s personnel 14 million naira bribe. Bribery is a criminal offence and should be investigated and prosecuted and not turned into a topic for talk show chat by the DSS. It was not long after her bribery claims that she then raised the stakes with the graver allegation linking the opposition APC with terrorism.

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