Ex-DSS Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, Sues FG Over Sack

Marilyn-OgarThe immediate past Spokesperson of the Department of State Services, DSS, Marilyn Ogar, has dragged the Federal Government before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) over her retirement from service.
The case is slated for hearing tomorrow, Thursday, in Abuja before the NICN President, Justice Babatunde Adejumo.

Ogar and others were demoted and compulsorily retired by the FG.
It would be recalled that the former DSS spokesperson alongside 44 others were promoted in the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan administration for reportedly doing a ‘fantastic job’.

But the Buhari administration reversed the promotions, citing irregularities and breach of extant rules guiding such actions.

Those named as defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Director General, SSS.

Ahmed Raji, SAN, who filed the suit on behalf of Ogar by way of originating summons, wants the court to nullify the former DSS spokesperson’s sack and reinstate her with all her ranks, salaries and benefits to the employment of the FG.

She is further asking the Court to set aside her purported demotion from Assistant Director to Chief Security Intelligence Officer.

Ogar is seeking a Court declaration that her employment with the SSS has statutory flavor and same may only be lawfully determined strictly in accordance with the relevant provisions of the public service Rules.

The former DSS spokesperson is through her lawyer, asking the Court to determine whether she is a public officer and whether she can be lawfully demoted, sacked or retired by the defendants.