Anti-corruption Groups want SSS Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar interrogated over N14 million bribery allegation

Marilyn Ogar, SSS spokesperson

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has demanded an immediate investigation into the claims that operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, were offered N14 million during the just concluded Osun gubernatorial election.

The group, a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations, said that the act is an offence punishable under the corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

In a petition dated August 18, 2014, and addressed to the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, the group demanded that the SSS Spokesperson be invited for questioning.

Marilyn Ogar, the SSS Spokesperson, had, last week, accused an unnamed political party of attempting to bribe two of the agency’s operatives with N14 million to help them subvert the electoral process.

The SSS Spokesperson had also angered civil society activists after she blamed the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the spate of bombings across Nigeria.

“Last week Thursday, 14th August 2014, marks a turning point in the operation, perception and integrity of Nigeria’s security agencies, with the highly controversial assertions of the loquacious Director of the State Security Service,” the anti-corruption group stated in the petition signed by Olanrewaju Suraju, its Chairman.

“In the condemnable practice of conducting intelligence operations in the public space, the SSS Director has severally exposed the agency to public opprobrium with her gaffe and politicization of serious security issues in the country. This obviously, is antithetical to the primary responsibilities of the agency.

“At a media presentation, convened to review the role of security personnels in the just concluded August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Ms. Ogar ignominiously descended into the political arena with jab of several allegations against the opposition party, an act reminiscence of the country’s unethical political parties tantrum throwing,” Mr. Suraju added.

In their petition, CSNAC stated that Section 9 of the ICPC Act stipulates a seven year imprisonment for any person found guilty of bribing or attempting to bribe a public officer.

“According to Section 9 of the Act; Any person who corruptly – (a) gives, confers or procure any property or benefit of any kind to, on or for a public officer or to, on or for any other person; or (b) promises or offer to give, confers, procures or attempts to procure any property or benefit of any kind to, on or for a public officer or any other person, on account of any such act, omission, favour or disfavor to be done or shown by the public officer is guilty of an Offence of official corruption and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for seven (7) years,” the petition read.

“In the light of the above provisions in Section 9(a) and (b) above, a prima facie case of offer and inducement attempt can be established.

It is therefore the demand of this organisation that your commission, as a matter urgency, invite Ms. Marilyn Ogar for necessary interrogation, to identify the personalities behind the self-confessed bribe offer.

“Under the Act in reference, failure to report this case to an officer of the Commission or Police Offer is already an Offence; Section 23 (1) any public offer to whom any gratification is given, promised or offered in contravention of any provision of this Act, shall report such gift, promise or offer, together with the name, if known, of the person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the nearest officer of the Commission or a Police Officer. (3) Any person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with subsection (1) and (2) shall be guilty of an Offence and on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand Naira or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or to both fine and imprisonment,”
the petition added.


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  • sirjoka

    Save your breath. The way this gov castigates opposition, I can swear the politician involved is a member of PDP, else they will have arrested the man, parade on him on live TV and use it to tell the whole world APC is an evil party. But, being a PDP man, it would be swept under the carpet and marked as unsuccessful, and used by overzealous security agents to score cheap points with the gov to get a political appointment, as many do nowadays.

    • greenlight774

      Thanks for your reasonable thought. We know where the lady stand. Only fools would defend the craziness going on in this country with lazy security agencies that are pure partisan in their operations and yet we say we want to be taken seriously by the committee of nations. Think again. Nigeria will remain what it is if people like Ogar is kept in such sensitive position of authority.

    • redeem

      These socalled NGOS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES///

    • redeem

      The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
      Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
      (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent media
      attack on the on the DSS.

      Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar made the revelation today while
      briefing newsmen in Abuja today.

      “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our Operative
      rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

      “They had requested the DSS to come and collect N4 million for himself
      while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our operatives
      rejected the OFFER.”

      ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
      by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
      the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
      spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
      they can entice us with MONEY.

      ” Thank God the APC won the election otherwise only God knows the
      allegations they would have been making against the DSS” Ogar said

      • redeem

        this is it–let the NGOs now go to court or send the name of the governor of Osun state to EFCC-period—-Enough of these shakara by APC——————-with their Salami ati sanusi like court in lagos-

        • zygote

          You are now replying yourself, this problem is getting worse. Dont you think you need isolation

          • Timi

            Hahaha, I totally agree. He needs isolation

  • Musa

    The Nigerian journalists never cease to amaze me. the day our media start exhibiting some degree of unbiased intelligence, that’s the day we will begin to make some progress as a country. first, i listened to the SSS woman and she never used the word bribe. it was the media that used bribe to sensationalised their usually weak and myopic report. secondly, you cannot sue the spokesperson of an organisation because her position represents the official position of that organisation. so if these so called anti-corruption bodies want to know the truth, they should write to the SSS officially. if we want accountability, we must be serious about it and go about it the right way. the media remains the main agent for mass education, unfortunately, they are failing us in this regard.

    • zygote

      What is an offer and what is a bribe? Is the SSS an auction house where offers are made. You should know better. Go check the meaning of offer and bribery. Stop being ridiculous please!

  • prince

    I equally listened to the woman on Channelstv where she said a member of the APC made an offer to one of the directors in charge of the Operation. She never mentioned “bribe”. I think the anti-corruption group is writing from the Ignoramus point of view. This will also be an opportunity for sss to prove a point if so desired.

    • sirjoka

      Dont be naive. The mere offering signals bribery. If you dont know the meaning of the word bribery here it is: ‘the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage’.
      So even though she didn’t use the word bribe, the word offer she used says it all.
      Nigerians are so gullible. Chai

  • mr ogar

    She is an old prostitute! You no see ha face and skin..Na so old ashawo de bi

    • trippi

      Your Mother wet be saint where is she ? Possibly at some road side selling Ebola infested bush meat.

    • redeem

      GO TO COURT–SHE HAS ACCUSED THE OSUN STATE GOVERNOR AREGBESHOLA OF BEING A ROGUE-USED MONEY TO CLINCH VICTORY AT THE POLLS

  • Peter Irene

    This woman is unfit to act as an independent organ of government. I watched her struggling to be independent but her comments gave her out as a cold blooded PDP and a woman- Friday of the ruling Cabal. Such position should be given to a more matured persons who knows that his/her responsibilities is to the masses and the tax payers who pay her salaries. This is the same person who defended the muder of innocent artisans in an uncompleted building recently. If I were in her shoes I would resign forthwith.

  • felix

    if it were 2 be an APC chieftain dat gave d so called money , we will not be here discussin dis dat l assure u , u would have seen his face on TV in dts jonathan era, by now he would have declared for re election without delay

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Redeem -Deri is insane- An Ebele Jonathan’s paid-internet stroller who is in this forum to attack others whose opinions differ from the incapable,incompetent,ineffective and non-performing ethnic bigotry champion,Ebele Jonathan.

    • redeem

      THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE AT STAKE–HERE THOUGHT THE YEYE NGO PEOPLE SPONSORED BY APC SAID THEY DO NOT KNOW THE NAME OF THE PERSON SHE ALLEGED GAVE OUT 14M TO HER MEN–NOW THE NAME IS OUT–ITS THE GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE–OYA GO TO COURT- FOPR US TO SEE WITH YR YEYE SHAKARA

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Honestly Dr. Pat, it is a waste of time responding to the likes of Redeem/Deri. Time has edged him by and he should be ignored. The only reason he continues to function here is because folks respond to him!

  • bassey

    Shameless APC/Boko Haram apologists

    • checkmate

      Where is the kingpin of Boko Haram now? I guess he is with you. If you are ignorant of who he is then you better stop writing rubbish and find out. PDP bunch of criminals!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The sponsor of Boko Haram has moved over to the PDP!

  • trippi

    This headline should have been APC Support group want Marylin Ogar interrogated ..

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Any sensible comment is attributed to the APC! Says so much about your perception of the party.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Ogar has disgraced DSS. That’s what you get when you use bottom power to get what you do not deserve. Is there still a DG at the DSS?

  • abdul

    May God forgive us all, those on top has made us mad, we can only abuse ourselves here and don’t know what is right for us. These people we are killing ourselves for has already made it in life either by stealing or by collecting bribe. We better wakeup to the challenge not abusing ourselves in a comment pls.

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  • Gbish Bash

    Nothing wrong in what the able DSS said. its an observation she made. And as for the bribe offer, it is not beyond the Nigerian politicians and a desperate one for that matter.

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