A coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organisations, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to urgently investigate the Department of State Services (DSS) over the recent officersâ€™ recruitment scandal that rocked the service.
In a petition sent to the commission and signed by the groupâ€™s national chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, CSNAC said from its analysis of the said list of recruited officers, it is unclear what specific rationale or criteria informed the final selection of the new officers.
The petition read: â€œIt has been revealed by media reports, particularly the report of Premium Times Online Newspaper dated April 28, 2017 that the DSS, Nigeriaâ€™s internal secret service, was involved in a recruitment scandal following the discovery of a lopsidedness fraught with favouritism and nepotism in the composition of Â the new officers recently absorbed into the agency.
â€œThe list containing the names of the newly commissioned cadet officers revealed that the federal character principle was not adhered to in the recruitment of the said officers as some states were unduly favoured over others based on extraneous considerations.
â€œFrom our analysis of the said list of recruited officers, it is unclear what specific rationale or criteria informed the final selection of the new officers owing to the inequitable selection outside the provisions of the federal character principles.â€
While highlighting the constitutional requirements of due compliance with the Federal Character principle in recruitment into the federal civil service and agencies as enshrined in the provisions of Section 4 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), CSNAC said there are clear violation of the principle.
â€œClearly, in violation of the afore-stated principle, the following are the figures relating to the composition of the new officers:
North-west- 165, North-east- 100, North-central- 66, South-west- 57, South-east- 4 and South-south-42
â€œIt is on the basis of the above discovery that we hereby demand an urgent investigation of the DSS in respect of the above anomaly.
â€œThe said investigation is necessary and expedient in view of the publicâ€™s current aloofness to the credibility of the current administrationâ€™s fight against corruption; this is also with a view to reiterate the governmentâ€™s commitment to ensure equity, equality, justice and good governance in the country.
â€œWe thus urge the commission to facilitate the speedy redress of this matter and possibly bringing to account of anyone indicted in this requested investigation,â€ CSNAC said.