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Report: Army Intelligence Corps To Provide Security For Buhari

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Although President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to take up residence at Aso Rock, the seat of power, there is growing controversy over which of the services would be in charge of the President’s security.

Indications emerged Thursday that officials of the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps may have been drafted to take up the responsibilities traditionally assigned to officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to reports, this may account for why about 253 operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) recently transferred to the Presidential Villa were reportedly rejected by the Presidency, and asked to report back to their previous postings across the country the following day, or risk sanctions.

According to their redeployment signals that emanated from the DSS headquarters, the officers were directed to report at the Presidential Villa last Monday.

It was learnt that the officials, armed with signals showing specifically where they would be posted in the Presidential Villa, were turned back on arrival.

One of the affected officials, who was transferred from one of the states in the South-West, spoke on the condition of anonymity and said that all of them were left to their fate without any transfer allowance.

He said, while their deployment to the Presidential Villa was conveyed through signals, no other signal was issued when they were directed to return to base.

The source added that although no official reason was given for their rejection, they were told unofficially that the decision was necessary because Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had not yet moved into the Villa.

He also said another reason was the issue of some officials of the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps who were recently moved to the State House and could be taking up the responsibilities of the DSS there.

When contacted, the DSS Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, said she could not comment on the issue.