Further to the realignment of the duties of the DSS at Aso Rock, I elected to dig deep to ascertain if any extant laws have been broken by the handlers of the President so that we can begin to shout early enough. I read through the metamorphosis of the outfit from 1948 when it was established as “E” Department of the Nigeria Police to its current status as a full fledged security apparatus. I was however surprised that Decree No.16 of 1976 which established the Nigeria Security Organization (NSO) never assigned the organization the task of protecting the Head of State. The website of the DSS (www.dss.gov.ng) does not make any claim that Presidential Protection is one of its mandates. The protection of top government functionaries by the DSS/SSS however evolved significantly from 1999. The implication of this lacuna is that no organization has been specially tasked with the Protection of the President by statute. This leaves the incumbent with the choice of determining which agency should handle such task.
Although the task of VIP protection is usually undertaken by the Secret Service of most nations, the operative in these countries do not wear uniforms and their weapons are concealed. Our dear DSS operatives not only adorn an all-black uniforms, but also have DSS boldly written on the helmets and bullet-proof vests! In addition, their firearms are go glaringly displayed with gusto. This worrying development was inflicted on the Agency by the immediate past administration.
It is apparent that the DSS has deviated from its real call and modus operandi. This may have deprived it of PMB’s trust for now. The Agency must realize that its operative function effectively when they are incognito. The naked display of weapons, uniforms and inscriptions must be reviewed.
I have attached a page from the DSS website and photos of DSS operatives. Kindly inform your audience accordingly.