The Department of State Service (DSS),Tuesday, has accused political parties of hunting the agency for rejecting the N14 million bribe offered to its officials in Osun State ahead of the state governorship election last Saturday.
DSS therefore appealed to politicians to desist from habit of dragging security forces into political matter.
Spokesperson for the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who stated this during the routine security briefing at the National Briefing Centre, in Abuja said the service could not be induced with money.
“The director that was in charge of election duty for the DSS was asked to come and collect N4 million for himself and N10 million for the men. Because the money was declined, that is the offence that the DSS has committed.
“The rejection of the money is bringing up a lot of misunderstanding between political parties and the DSS, it is unfortunate. I want to tell you, there is a big man occupying a very sensitive position in Osun State, the man should thank his God that it is not the DSS that arrested him with the huge sum of money he was found with.”
Maintaining that agency cannot be induced with money, Ogar said, “We are well paid. I will say it categorically, our operations are well funded, N14 million as against N200 million that was spent, which one will you go for. People should stop using money to entice security forces. The federal government and the people of Nigeria who have engaged us have the capability of taking care of us.”
According to her, if security forces were not fully on ground during the period of the election, the story about Osun State would have changed while reiterating that political parties should as much as possible leave security forces out of politics.
“We thank God that APC won the election in Osun State. There was no bomb blast because there was enough security presence on ground. The security forces that assisted in the election in Edo State were the same ones that went to Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun,” she said.