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We’re Not Responsible For Ogar’s Ordeal, Says APC

Posted: Aug 2, 2015 at 12:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi LAGOS

The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday, said it had no hand in the ordeal of former spokesperson of the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who was demoted and redeployed from the agency’s headquarters to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The redeployment was, however, reversed following outcry from Nigerians, who believed that while the demotion may be justified, the redeployment to Maiduguri, a hotbed of Boko Haram, was punitive.

It will be recalled that Ogar and 44 other officials of the DSS were promoted towards the tail end of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.

Ogar and 28 others were promoted from Grade Level 15 to 16 while 16 others moved to Grade Level 17 from 16.

The promotion caused uproar in the agency as some officials who were due for promotion were left out despite being extremely qualified for the promotion.

Insiders in the SSS say that promotion usually tends to happen on July 1st every year but that the current one was conducted hurriedly by the leadership of the Service and the immediate past administration to reward its loyalists ahead of the May 29 handover date to a new administration.

Many Nigerians have, however, fingered the APC in the ordeal of Ogar, a former Deputy Director, Public Relations, in the DSS, given her alleged bias for the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as observed in some of her pronouncements.

Ogar, as spokesperson, was responsible for defending the activities of the agency in the media and she is believed to be paying for some of her pronouncements, notably in the face-off with the Bring Back Our Girls movement and the DSS raids on the Data Office of the APC last year.

She once came under intense fire during the build up to the 2015 general elections when she insinuated that the APC was responsible for the spate of bombings in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television, Ogar claimed that each time the APC had an election, a spate of bombings followed.

“It is not the first time security forces are being deployed for election duties; we had provided security for election in Edo and at the end of that election, permit me to say, there was no bomb blast

“We moved to Ondo and the Labour Party won in Ondo, there was bomb blast.  We moved to Anambra and APGA won in Anambra, there was bomb blast.  We moved to Ekiti, PDP won in Ekiti, there was bomb blast.

“We thank God that we were able to deploy appropriately. The results have come out and the APC has won and thank God there was no bomb blast.”

But the APC has come out clear saying it had no hand in Ogar’s demotion.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sunday Independent, its National Publicity Secretary, Alh. Lai Mohammed, said Ogar and others whose promotion were reversed knew their promotion did not follow due process.

That, according to him, explains why none of them had come forward to challenge the decision.