by Isi Esene
A senior intelligence official with the State Security Service (SSS) has confirmed that two employees of the spy agency have been arrested over the leak of personal details of some current and former staff of the intelligence outfit.
The names, addresses, and next of kin of sixty past and present SSS operatives surfaced online recently leaving many wondering its source.
Reports say the official, who did not want to be named, lamented the precarious situation saying, “This is a serious problem for personnel like me in service. Some of us are dwelling in areas prone to insurgency, carrying out intelligence duties, and those we are trailing have some of our names.
“Now it has become public issue. Our core data are out in the public; our date of birth, permanent residential addresses, email addresses, place of origin, date of joining the service and phone numbers of our wives and children. It has brought all of us close to those trailing us, and so our lives are really in danger.
“We are the actors behind the mask of national security, and now our morale is down and confused. How do we now operate with confidence of ensuring national security? How do we trail terrorists who already have our information at their finger tip? Both serving and retired personnel will now go underground for our survival first, and how do we ensure national security?” he asks rhetorically.
Despite the media reports detailing the leaked personal data, the SSS Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, a few days ago, denied the existence of such list describing the reports as false.
According to reports, she said: “The report is false because the AP [Associated Press] reporter that filed the story failed to give me the link to the website that allegedly published the personal data of our personnel.
“How come it was only the AP reporter that saw the website? Besides, he had published his story before calling me for reactions. That is what he did the other time when he published a false report that government planned to build a special prison for Boko Haram suspects in Lagos; I don’t know where he gets these unsubstantiated stories that he publishes.”
With the reports coming out that a few officials of the spy agency have being arrested and detained, it is apparent that the outfit have finally woken up to its responsibility of fishing out whoever the mole in the service might be.