The State Security Service, SSS, said this morning that it has not cleared ChiefÂ Raymond Dokpesi, the Director General of General of the Ibrahim Babangida campaignÂ organisation, of complicity in the October 1 bomb blasts contrary to reports in someÂ newspapers today.
Marilyn Ogar, Assistant Director, Public Relations, SSS, who was quoted in mediaÂ reports as giving a clean bill of health to Dokpesi told PM NEWS on telephone thisÂ morning that contrary to reports, Dokpesi is still under investigation.
â€œ I never cleared Dokpesi or any person. Investigation is not through. He (Dokpesi)Â is still liableâ€ said Ogar who added that many Nigerians have been invited over theÂ bomb blasts without provoking the kind of furore being generated by the invitationÂ of Dokpesi.
â€œ Why is it that it is only Dokpesiâ€™s investigation that is being politicized?â€Â queried the SSS spokesperson.
While responding to questions from journalists yesterday on if Dokpesi was amongÂ the five suspects the SSS intends to charge to court on the bomb blasts, Ogar saidÂ she was not aware if Dokpesi has been coming to the headquarters of the secretÂ service in connection with investigations into the blasts.
â€œWhen we briefed you the other time, you asked us to name the suspects and thoseÂ connected to them. The only person mentioned then was Henry Okah because it wasÂ established that he was behind the bombings. If the MD of Daar Communications saidÂ he was invited, it was not to my knowledge that he was invited in connection withÂ the bomb blasts. The Service will only let you know the issues that will notÂ undermine national security.. And for that reason, you will excuse me, I will notÂ answer that questionâ€.
Some journalists interpreted Ogarâ€™s response as clearing Dokpesi of involvement inÂ the bomb blasts.
The SSS spokesperson lamented that her statement was deliberately misinterpretedÂ when interviewed by P.M.NEWS this morning.
Ogar said her response to questions from journalists on whether Dokpesi is among theÂ suspects to be charged to court over the bomb blasts was in tune with the traditionÂ of the SSS notÂ to reveal the name of suspects it was investigating.
According to her,Â SSS will only reveal to the public, information that will notÂ jeopardise national security.
Dokpesi who is also the Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of AfricaÂ Â Independent Television and Raypower Radio Station has been under investigation overÂ the bomb blasts.
The SSS had quizzed the media owner for many hours and briefly detained him over theÂ bomb blasts onÂ 4 October.
Dokpesi was alleged to have become one of those under investigation after two textÂ messages asking â€œif Dokpesi has paid the balanceâ€ and another text inviting anotherÂ suspect for a meeting at IBB Campaign office.
The media mogul has been reporting at the Abuja office of the SSS since then.Â Dokpesi himself recently told journalists that SSS has been quizzing him over theÂ bomb blasts and recently instituted a court action against the Service.
â€”Oluokun Ayorinde/ Abuja