Finally, Senate probes lopsided SSS recruitment

SSS operatives
SSS operatives

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs says it has commenced investigation into the lopsided recruitment by the State Security Services, SSS.

The chairman of the committee, Tijjani Kaura, who announced this during Thursday’s plenary, promised that the committee would soon come up with its recommendations.

Quoting Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order, Mr. Kaura said the committee was prompted to commence investigation into the matter following petitions from concerned Nigerians.

He assured the committee would stop at nothing to ensure that the issue of federal character as contained in 1999 Constitution (Amended) was followed to the letter.

“I stand before you, on behalf Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter- Governmental Affairs, to say that this committee is looking critically into this matter.

“This is with the intention of ensuring that justice is done in this recruitment.

“I also want to add that this committee has similar cases from different agencies, which it is already looking into to ensure the Constitution is strictly followed,” he said.

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, urged the committee to carry out thorough investigation into the matter and report back to the Senate.

“In line with our standing rule, we cannot debate on the matter. We take note of your comment and we will look into the matter.

“The committee should keep us posted on its findings and recommendations.”

The Senate probe is coming days after the Federal Character Commission asked the SSS to explain the shockingly skewed appointments into the organisation.‎

Shockingly lopsided

PREMIUM TIMES had on April 28 exclusively reported the shocking lopsidedness in the composition of the new officers recently absorbed into the agency.

The agency, also called DSS, had commissioned 479 cadet officers after their passing-out parade in Lagos on March 5, after a nine-month training programme under the agency’s Basic Course 29/2016/17, which encompassed academic activities, insurgency/counter insurgency, intelligence operations and gathering, firearms drills and physical training exercises.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: SSS in recruitment scandal – Katsina 51, Akwa Ibom 5; Kano 25, Lagos 7 — SEE FULL LIST

But PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed wide disparity in the numbers of slots allocated to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, indicating that the federal character principle may have been ignored in the recruitment of the officers.

Our findings revealed that the SSS recruited 51 persons from Katsina State alone whereas all the six states in the south-south got a combined 42 candidates. Also, all the five states in the south-east got less than 50 states.

The action is believed to have unduly favoured northern states, contrary to section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The report sparked outrage across the land, with many calling for thorough investigations into the alleged lopsidedness.

Also Read: Presidency speaks on recruitment scandal in SSS


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  • Fadama

    I hope this wouldn’t be another series of their numerous acts of shenanigans in the name of probing

  • Alhaji

    A thief is probing thieves, what will be the result? Also if Gambari is probing Fulani, what positive good results will you get? Are they not the same?

  • Ayinde

    Commendable effort if it will help correct the anomaly and help put a stop to this act of impunity on the part of our Leaders both elected and selected. But as earlier commentators said hope it will not be a shenanigan of the more you look the less you see

  • Dazmillion

    I wish some thugs will go to the national assembly and chase out of this useless vagabonds and lock up the place permanently

    • LadyRosely

      You are the vagabond. How does your comment elevate the discourse of nepotism?? And the blatant flaunting of the law??

    • Netanyahu

      You have started smoking this nonsense again? I thought your psychiatric disorders ebbed when you heeded your doctor’s advice to quit smoking weed or paw paw leaf? Goat.

      • Gary

        Classic attempt at diversion from the sordid record of Buhari to focus on the NASS. That’s what the eRats are paid to do.

  • God Heal Nigeria Forsake Not N

    Buhari is a divisive, clannish, unjust, unfair, religious ,ethnic bigoted leader. There are minimum thresholds that a sincere leadership will never allow his appointees to cross, but with president buhari ,there is no limit to tribal, ethnic, religious, clannish, hate ,malicious bigotry.
    Buhari have used the opportunities that God gave him to build Nigerian nation to rather destroy, sow discord ,hate bigotry, anger ,divisions and disunity Nigeria.
    It is unworthy for a supposed elder statesman to descend to such a ridiculous level of pettiness and shameful absurdities in the name of vindictiveness, hate and malicious cheating of parts or sections of his nation.
    May God never allow anything that looks like a buhari to ever near Nigerian leadership again.

    • Aliu

      True. CBN and FIRS recruitments come to mind.

  • Arabakpura

    They have to correct Nigeria itself; because that is where lies the problem! The injustice in Nigeria is too numerous to be enumerated!

    • Justicia

      @arabakpura:disqus

      The real cause INJUSTICE in Nigeria the SENATE overlooks

      “The Inequality report released by Oxfam International on Wednesday, revealed that the combined wealth
      of five richest Nigerians, put at $29.9 billion, could end extreme poverty in the country. The report, entitled
      ‘Inequality in Nigeria, Exploring the Drivers’ and obtained in Abuja, exposed the large and growing gap
      between the rich and poor in Nigeria. It revealed that the benefits of the nation’s economic growth had
      been captured by a few wealthy elite at the expense of the ordinary Nigerians”.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Kudos to Premium Times for exposing the irregularity.

  • Mizch

    With the SSS recruitment, is there still one Nigeria? Look at the heads of all the security institutions, custom, immigration, etc. Buhari has signed the death of Nigeria. Never has it been so bad.

  • LadyRosely

    Tijjani cannot probe DSS. Fulani cannot probe Fulani.

    This will yield nothing

  • Iskacountryman

    these 5% people dey give wahala…

  • AFRICANER

    What Buhari forget be say, when the injustice flows over again, the South go get their own Security chiefs, including their own head of state, and these ones will be Hausa-Fulani redundant ones now.

  • Netanyahu

    Kaura to probe Daura? E no go yield the desired effect. Forget it.