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Nigeria’s Compromised Security Service

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ElevateNews takes a look at the performance of the DSS in screening public officeholders.

There is no doubt that the Department of State Service, DSS is compromised with the vetting of the present public officials, both elected and appointed in this government.

That the former military Governor of Sokoto State and a major player in the regime of late Sani Abacha, Gen. Bashir Magashi (RETD) is now the Minister of Defence is enough to nail the DSS as a mere tool to torment the members of the opposition party.

Reports have revealed that Magashi was one of those who looted the country’s treasury during the Abacha military era. The sum of $550, 000 was traced to a foreign bank account belonging to Magashi during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

It was gathered that Magashi returned 400, 000 of the money to the Federal Government then to enable the Obasanjo’s regime to pardon him.

But this does not mean that he had not committed the crime of looting the public treasury. However, Magashi, today is holding one of the most sensitive ministerial posts in Nigeria under Buhari.

It is either the DSS has continually failed in its obligation to stop persons who have questionable records from getting an appointment or it has no capacity to do a thorough investigation on them.

Recalled that the DSS failed to carry out a thorough investigation on the former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun until an online medium reported the case of her fake NYSC exemption certificate, which eventually led to the resignation of the minister.

The DSS also failed to do a thorough investigation on a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ishaku Elisha Abbo who publicly assaulted a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

There are scores of lawmakers and ministers whose pasts are dented with crimes but are, presently, at the seat of power to make laws and enforce it on innocent Nigerians.

The hope of many Nigerians who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari has been dashed, judging by the performance of the DSS and other anti-graft agencies.

It must be noted that the former Chairman of the President Committee on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina is no more on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Maina who was declared wanted by EFCC over $1.2 billion pension scam is now a free citizen. Recalled how he was reinstated into the civil service through the back door and his consequent sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.

I think, if Maina is not fit to be in the civil service over the pension refund scam, he is not supposed to be delisted from the wanted list.

The DSS sometimes sent a report to the Senate, condemning the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu for lack of integrity to become the substantial chairman of the agency. Buhari has refused to listen to the DSS on this as Magu continues to perform in the acting capacity.

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