By Ali Abare Abubakar
It has been revealed that some unnamed politicians in Osun state attempted to bribe operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) with N14m to compromise the recently concluded governorship election.
The spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, made the allegation yesterday at the National Information Centre in Abuja while responding to questions on why the All Progressives Congress (APC) was at logger-heads with the service.
Ogar who did not name the politicians, explained that the service rejected the bribe which she said was offered to the DSS Director, who supervised the August 9, 2014 election.
“I am saying to you that the director in charge of election duty as it pertains to DSS was asked to come and collect N4 million for himself, and N10 million for the hooded men. Because the money was declined, that is the offence the DSS has committed.”
The DSS Deputy Director explained that the service was given N200 million by the government to provide security for the election.
According to her, before the DSS deploys its personnel and material for any operations, they are given money upfront, stressing that the agency’s personnel could not be induced with money.
“The rejection of the money brought a lot of misunderstanding between political parties and the DSS and we hold our heads up.
“The APC has won the election in Osun, we thank God that there is no bomb blast anywhere, and there will not be because there was enough security.
“I want to tell you there is a big man occupying a very sensitive position in Osun, the man should thank his God that it is not the DSS who arrested him with huge sum of money that he was found with,” Ogar stated.