Nigerian State Security Service Functions, Salary, Recruitment & Activities

Last updated on August 3rd, 2023 at 07:40 am

This post contains all you need know about the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS), Functions, recruitment, Salary Structure, Head-office address, official website and activities of the Nigerian State Security Service.

The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) is also known as Department of State Services (DSS). They are the main intelligence agency of Nigeria. The SSS operates as a department within the presidency and is under the control of the National Security Adviser. One of the primary functions of the DSS is to protect senior government officials, especially the President of Nigeria, 36 State governors and foreign envoys.


Functions/Mission of the State Security Services

The mission of the SSS/DSS is to protect and defend the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of Nigeria, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to both federal and state law-enforcement organs. As earlier pointed, the SSS is also charged with the protection of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Governors, their immediate families, other high ranking government officials, past presidents and their spouses, certain candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, and visiting foreign heads of state and government.

The SSS has constantly adapted to various roles necessitated by evolving security threats in Nigeria including counter-terrorism and counter-insurgent.

Achievements of the DSS

The Department of state service in Nigeria has recorded a number of achievements since its inception during the Babangida military regime in 1986. Some of those recorded successes includes:

  1. The arrest of the Egyptian bomber Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq in 1993 while he was trying to enter Nigeria through the Nigeria-Benin republic border.
  2. The interception of large cache of arms and ammunition originating from Iran at the Apapa port in lagos in March 2010.
  3. Infiltrated a number of religious extremist groups in the country including the Boko Haram sect
  4. In March 2011, the SSS rescued the Parish Priest of St Bernard’s Catholic Church Eguaholo in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state, Rev. Fr Sylvester Chukwura, from his kidnapper’s hideout.
  5.   Arrested a notorious kidnapper and killer. Binebi who was wanted amongst other things for killing an SSS operative in 2010 and also burning down the state government patrol boat at Gelegele.

Failures of the SSS

Although, the SSS recorded some feats of victory, it also had its failures which it was heavily criticized. Some of this non-achievements includes:

  1. Allowing Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the “underpants bomber”, to board Northwest airlines flight from Lagos despite his father having previously warned security officials of his sons radical views on America.
  2. The agency was also criticized heavily in the wake of the March 26, 2011 United Nations House bombing in Abuja.
  3. The SSS failing to manage information in a timely and proper fashion which had led to the public losing confidence in the organisation.

Salary Structure of the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS)

The information on the salary structure of the SSS is classified but according to an investigative finding on the Nigerian police monthly salary done by premium times, the Director General of the SSS earns about N1, 336 million per month. You can see the report from Premium Times HERE.

Activities of The Nigerian State Security Service

The SSS operations are normally classified and it is run by tireless veterans who spend years studying their prospective recruits(for the core agents) stealthily before contacting them for possible employment. Veterans in the service hardly retire and are capable of operating underground with the highest level of secrecy. The veteran works to know everything in his domain and without, and in saying nothing of it except if needed by the state through his superiors.

They are drilled to find their own pleasure inwardly in the number of secrets at their disposal to the use and ultimate satisfaction of the state instead of the worth at street value. Some work solely as SSS (secret service agent) while some live double lives – working as policemen, soldiers, civil servants, businessmen and women,naval staff, anything. SSS agents are known to use sophisticated weapons.

Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) Recruitment Application

Unlike other security agencies like the Nigerian Police, army, navy and Air force that recruits officers yearly, the SSS don’t have a specific period of recruiting people. Recruitment can happen anytime. Successful applicants undergo series of test and intensive training for 6 months or more. Educational qualification for the Nigerian Security Service includes holders of WAEC & NECO, graduates with relevant degrees as the agency deems fit.

Nigerian State Security Service Headquarters and Official Website

The SSS headquarters is informally known as the “Yellow House”, it is located on the northern edge of the three-arms zone on Aso drive in Maitama, Abuja. The official website of the SSS/DSS is and their motto is “loyalty, vigilance, verity”

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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