State security service in Nigeria

This column discusses recent improvements in Nigeria’s domestic intelligence/state security agency, the DSS. It had become highly politicized under recent administrations, seeking greater publicity but losing effectiveness and credibility. Since August a new director has returned the agency to a more behind-the-scenes approach, apparently helping resolve several serious crises in cooperation with the national police without seeking any public credit. The columnist cites ” a new, and thus far, promising leadership at the Nigerian Police, and so far a reassuring, effective, unobtrusive and increasingly professionally inclined leadership at the DSS” as reasons for cautious optimism.

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