DSS probes officers, denies killing graduate who breached protocol


The Department of State Services is investigating officers who allegedly harassed one Mohammed Guddare, trying to shake hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in Kebbi State on Thursday.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said a preliminary investigation showed that Guddare was an overzealous enthusiast of the President.

Afunanya also dismissed reports that DSS officials allegedly killed Guddare for his attempt to shake hands with Buhari and pose for a photograph with him.

He said the DSS has begun disciplinary action against its personnel found to have

been negligent while on the entourage of the President.

The statement read, “The Department of State Services wishes to dismiss reports making the rounds that presidential details killed the intruder that tried to break the security cordon to attack the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR at Argungu, Kebbi State on 12th March 2020.

“The Service wishes to clarify the issue as follows: One Mohammed Jammil Guddare made overzealous but futile attempt to have an unauthorised handshake with the President thus breaching security protocols.

“He was stopped by Security details and arrested for a thorough investigation.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that he is not a hostile person but an overzealous enthusiast of the President.

“The Service has reviewed the video of the incident and is taking measures against its personnel found to have been negligent in their duties.”



Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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