This is an exclusive report published by Premium Times regarding an alleged lopsided recruitment into the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to the report, the secret agency commissioned about 479 cadet officers after a nine-month training programme.
The passing out parade was held in Lagoson March 5 and was attended by the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique.
The shocking thing now however is that the numbers of slots allocated to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), shows that the federal character principle may have been ignored in the recruitment process.
According to report, it is officially arranged that a minimum of five slots per states will be taken. Although the authorities recruited up to five (5) from each states, it is however shocking that certain states were highly favoured to some extent.
The report shows that Katsina State, where President Muhammadu Buhari and the DG of the DSS, Mr. Daura, hails from got about 51, while a state like Akwa Ibom with the largest oil production capacity in the nation got just a few compared to that.
In fact the entire South-South was 42, which is still not up to 51 for just one state.
The North-West got 165, North-East 100, North-Central 66, South-West 57 and South-East 44.
Out of the 479 cadet officers, 331 are from the Northern States and the remaining 148 was from South-West, South-East and South-South.
According to Section 14, subsection 3 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria;
“The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such manner to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or sectional groups in that government or any of its agencies”.