Senate probes DSS over alleged lopsided recruitment

The Senate is investigating alleged lopsided recruitment of personnel by the Department of Security Services (DSS), Senator Tijjani Kaura said yesterday.

Senator Kaura, who spoke during plenary, drew the attention of his colleagues to reports alleging lopsidedness in the recruitment.

He said his committee was concerned about the reports and decided to look into the matter to ensure that justice was done to all zones of the country.

The Federal Character Commission (FCC) is awaiting the response of the DSS to its query on the same matter, according to its chairman Dr. Shettima Abba.

The dust raised by the recruitment by the DSS has refused to settle.

Katsina State where Director General of DSS Lawal Daura hails from, was reported to have received 51 slots which is more than the combined 42 slots of all the states in the South South

The total number of recruit is 479.

Lagos State got seven slots, Akwa Ibom State five slots, Kano 25 slots while Kaduna 24 slots, Edo six, Bauchi 23.

Kaura said: “I wish to inform the Senate that the Committee on Federal Character is looking critically into the reports of slanted recruitment in the Department of State Services to ensure that justice is done in line with the constitution and the Federal Character Act.

“We have received similar complaints from other areas which we are also looking into to ensure fairness and equity.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki  noted that since Kaura came under personal explanation there would not be any debate of the issue raised.

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