Arrangements have been concluded for the Nigerian military to take over the activities of the Strike Force at Aso Rock Presidential Villa. The Strike Force, which is a special security outfit saddled with the responsibility of protecting the President and the seat of power, is currently comprising only officials of the Department of State Services. The source said a Lieutenant who will be leading 21 other military personnel had already been transferred to the Strike Force with an instruction to take over from the DSS officials. The situation is said to be causing tension as there is a possibility of a showdown.
Operatives attached to the Strike Force are always trained abroad on counter-assault and other techniques aimed at making their jobs easier.
Another official also said that machinery had also been put in place to change the new Presidential Villa’s Administrative Officer, who was deployed by the DSS about two weeks ago and replaced with a military officer. He said all DSS officials currently serving inside the Presidential Villa were not sure of their fate yet.
“The truth is that we are not sure of anything yet. Whichever way, we will only act based on signals from our headquarters whether to leave or remain inside the Villa,” he said.
Meanwhile, a major disagreement broke out on Friday between DSS officials drafted from the Presidential Villa, Abuja to the National Mosque, Abuja and some officials of a private security firm. The security outfit is said to have been securing Buhari before he was inaugurated as the President on May 29. Two earlier encounters between both parties in the same mosque were settled amicably with officials of the firm asked to leave the premises for DSS officials.Trouble started again last Friday when DSS officials also sighted the officials of the private firm in the mosque and one of the officials of the firm was asked to identify himself. One thing led to the other and the private guard was said to have held the necktie of one of the operatives. That led to a a fight. It took the timely intervention of senior officers for the situation to be brought under control.