Obuah, Ogar, planning legal action against DSS, Buhari sack order

By Post Nigeria September 4, 2015 23:02

Obuah, Ogar, planning legal action against DSS, Buhari sack order

The Presidential directive to sack Godwin Obuah, Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s CSO and others may have taken a new dimension as the dismissed agents have initiated legal proceedings challenging their dismissal by the department of state security service, DSS.

In a rather unprecedented manner, the DSS on Tuesday 1st of September, sacked numbers of personnel including the former spokesperson of the service, Marilyn Ogar, and Abdulrahman Mani former Chief Security Officers, CSO, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Other prominent personnel affected by the mass lay-off are Liman Widi, Yomi Zamba, Little John Okojie, Ahmed Abdullahi, Ibrahim Katsina, Larry Obiagwu, Abdulganiyu Dauda, Dahiru Dodo, Suleiman Dabo, among others.

A notice for retirement issued to the affected officers was titled: “Retirement From Service”, read, “Following the on-going re-organisation in the Service, be informed that that your services are no longer required in the Department of State Security Service (DSS).

“You are therefore, retired from Service under Section 8 Rule 020806(II) of the Public Service Rules, 2006 wef 31st August, 2015″.

“In view of the foregoing, you are hereby directed to immediately render all Government property under your care, including Service Warrant Card, to your immediate Sectional Head/Director and obtain necessary clearance.”

The notice also expressed the Director General, Lawal Daura’s best wishes to the affected officers, stating that their entitlements would be paid accordingly.

“You are also to liaise with the Directorate of Administration, Personnel Department and Pension Department to conclude the necessary formalities for disengagement and payments of benefits.”

Report indicate that Mr. Obuah is one of the staff challenging his dismissal by the service.

Speaking through his lawyer, Andrew Itsekiri, Mr. Obua said he would challenge the decision of the SSS in court, as the service failed to establish anything incriminating against him when he was detained and quizzed over alleged corruption.

This has since sparked rancour in the headquarters of the DSS.

When POST NIGERIA tried to contact the DSS for comments, calls were not picked and text messages were not replied.