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Why DSS besieged PenCom office

Why DSS besieged PenCom office

The Department of State Security Service (DSS) has denied raiding or invading the national Pension Commission (PenCom) office headquarters in Abuja.

The DSS however explained that it only deployed its personnel there as a proactive measure following allegations that documents were being tampered with and backdated.

Operatives of the DSS were said to have on Friday besieged PenCom office and may remain in the premises till the assumption of the newly appointed director general of the commission.

This is coming as the director general of PenCom, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu and her commissioners were sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sequel to the sack, the operatives of the DSS, allegedly besieged the office and ordered staff of the commission out of the premises and also frisked them on their way out to ensure that they did not leave with any official document.

The purpose of the action, they claimed was to ensure the exit of Mrs Anohu-Amazu who was dropped as director general on April 13.

The newly appointed director general of the commission is Alhaji Aliyu Abdulrahman Dikko, who was appointed alongside Funso Doherty as the new chairman, with the quartet of Akin Akinwale, Abubakar Zaki Magawata, Ben Oviosun and Nyerere Ayim as executive commissioners subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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Some staff of the commission have however complained about the manner with which she was removed, claiming that it was arbitrary and negates the spirit of due process in the Pension Reforms Act.

They alleged that a powerful cabal in the presidency, is actively at work to effect arbitrary changes in a manner that is grossly contrary to the spirit and letters of Part 5, section 21(1) and (2) of the Pension Reform Act, 2014, which specifies that a DG ought to have been formally written a letter by authorities.

According to them, the former DG did very well in office, more importantly in the area of what they call her zero tolerance for corruption, disregard for vested interests’ manipulative efforts and an ‘unprecedented boost in staff morale, welfare and human capital development’.

 

 

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