Some operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, will soon appear before the Senate and the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, over alleged degrading and inhuman treatment meted out to 60 cadets who were dismissed last week.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the NHRC would look into the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the cadets, who had been employed by the DSS and have been in training since December 2014.
The dismissed cadets, who felt shortchanged by the sudden and inexplicable decision of the leadership of the DSS, petitioned the Senate and the NHRC seeking justice.
The sacked cadets include a younger sister to the former spokesperson of the DSS, Ms. Marilyn Ogar, who was compulsorily retired a few weeks ago.
The 60 cadets, who had been in training for nine months at the DSS Academy in Lagos, were part of the Cadet Officers Basic Course 28 of 2014 codenamed COBC28/2014 and they had one month left when they were summarily dismissed.
The letter of their dismissal dated September 4, and signed on behalf of the DSS Director-General, Lawal Daura, by one GK Mohammed, read: “I am directed to inform you that the Director-General, State Services, DGSS, has approved the termination of your appointment from Service with immediate effect. You are, however, required to hand over all government property in your possession, including your Study Guide/Note Books to the Director of Studies, State Services Academy, SSA, Lagos, and obtain appropriate clearance before your final exit, please.”
In the petition written on their behalf by their lawyer, Mr. Clarence Yakubu, the dismissed cadets alleged gross violation of their rights and human dignity as a result of the degrading and inhuman treatment they received at the hands of DSS officers before they were handed their letters of dismissal.
In the petition written to the two bodies, the cadets alleged that before collecting their letters of dismissal, they were asked to report at a hall where some ladies were asked to take off their clothes and underwear as part of the search they were subjected to before being handed their letters.
The petition by the dismissed cadets who were among the 420 that had been undergoing training since last year, reads in part:
“On Wednesday, September 9 at exactly 1pm, a team from the national headquarters of the Department of State Service came and about 60 of us were called out of the VIP Protection Practical and asked to march to the multi-purpose hall for further directives. We were asked to present our original credentials for screening.’’
Two weeks ago, the new director-general had dismissed the service’s former spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, former Chief Security Officer to former President Jonathan, Gordon Obua, and over 40 others. One of the charges against Ogar was that she was blindly partisan in discharging her duties under the Jonathan administration.
Some of them have vowed to challenge their dismissal in court.

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