DSS Cautions On National Security Threats


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Director General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi, has cautioned those he described as “unpatriotic elements” to desist from actions that threaten national security.

This is as he assured that the secret service will ensure Nigeria’s unity and corporate existence remain sacrosanct.

Bichi however maintained that the enthronement of peace and order in the country demands effective collaboration among stakeholders, including members of the public, the nation’s security outfits and other law enforcement agencies.

The DSS Chief, who spoke at the graduation ceremony for participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 13) at the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja, Bichi said; “We must not let selfish people with greedy interest to destroy our collective heritage. We must not allow unpatriotic elements to bring our country down.

“So, let us unite individually and collectively to address our challenges, and build a better nation for ourselves, our children and their generation.”

According to him; “We all have our contribution to make in ensuring that Nigeria becomes safe, peaceful and developed. The criticisms about the security agencies are mainly because most people don’t appreciate from where we were, and where we are now.”

He said; “Gone were the days that, when you enter a mosque or church and find a polythene bag, you are scared. In fact, you will never be comfortable praying with that bag around. That is now history, and it is through the combined efforts of the security agencies and other stakeholders, that we were able to achieve that.

“You go to a place of relaxation, and you are scared of explosives here and there. That, now, is history. Those calling for dismantling of this country, are deliberately not being mindful of what is on their dining table.”

Assuring that such a time where the scare of bomb explosion was everywhere will not return again, the DSS boss said; “Forget about colonialism. Students of history will tell you that” confidently.

He therefore urged all graduands to ensure knowledge and strategies acquired during the study period are brought to bear on their various places of work and future assignments to enhance security and public safety.

From available records, a total of 50 participants from the security and intelligence community, para-military and other agencies graduated from the 10-month course, which flagged off at the NISS on February 10, 2020.

Among the graduands awarded Fellow of the Security Institute (FSI), were two foreign participants from Ghana and the Gambia.

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