DSS a disgrace to intelligence gathering – APC
The All Progressives Congress says the Department of State Service has been bastardised by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to the extent that the agency has become a mockery of intelligence-gathering.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during a press conference at the APC Data Centre in Lagos on Sunday.
Mohammed faulted allegations by the spokesperson for the DSS, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, that the APC was planning to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said INEC’s database was not connected to the Internet and as such was impossible to be hacked into.
He said had the DSS done its homework, it would have known this as INEC had always stated this in the past.
He said, “The allegation that the APC planned to hack into INEC’s voters’ registration database is false. The fact that the DSS made the allegation at all shows that the agency does not understand the concept of hacking, which is pathetic for a primary intelligence agency of its stature.
“We are not aware that INEC has made a complaint of anyone or group trying to hack into its system. The DSS ‘findings’ are baseless as INEC’S database is a reflection of the registered members with the Permanent Voter’s Cards. Please note that at the time of the DSS’ raids, the PVCs had already been printed. Therefore, of what value would it be to hack into the system and input more names?
“Simply put, it is not possible for the APC to hack into the INEC database because INEC’s database is not online, how then are it possible for anyone to hack into it? To prevent virus intrusion, there is no Internet service at the APC Data Centre that was raided. Therefore it is not possible to hack into INEC’s database.”
Mohammed said the APC never registered under-aged people as alleged by the DSS. He said when the security agents raided the office last November, they confiscated empty registration forms along with used application forms.
He said the DSS affixed pictures of children unto the forms in order to discredit the APC having failed to find any evidence.
The APC spokesman also questioned the timing of the news conference conducted by the DSS. He said the party suspected that it was part of grand scheme by the presidency to disenfranchise its supporters and ultimately postpone the elections.
He said, “The overall motive of the raid of our offices and the so-called findings is to give the impression that the INEC voter’s register has been corrupted, hence cannot be used for next month’s elections.