Department of State Services, DSS, has backed down from its summon of top officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The DSS had summoned Head of INEC’s Operations and Logistics Department, Okechukwu Ibeanu, and four other officials of the agency.
The others asked to appear before the DSS include Chidi Nwafor, Director of Information and Communication Technology, ICT; Ken Ukeagu; Osaze Uzzi, Director of Voter Education and Publicity, and Bimbo Oladunjoye, Assistant Director of ICT.
They each received a phone call from DSS on Monday and were asked to report at 2 p.m., yesterday.
They were also told that their summons had been discussed with INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, sources briefed by the affected officials told PREMIUM TIMES.
However, yesterday morning, Ibeanu received another call from the DSS, who told him that the invitation had been cancelled. The other officials also received similar calls.
The DSS refused to state publicly why it summoned the electoral officials and why members of an ad-hoc committee set up by Yakubu to handle logistics by INEC were not summoned.
On the summon of the officials and when asked if any INEC commissioner was invited, Yakubu instead said no official of the agency was picked up.
“No Commissioner of INEC was picked by DSS. No commissioner’s house was raided. The commissioner (Ibeanu) they are talking about is now in his office working at the commission’s headquarters,” he said.