After months of not knowing their fate, the Department of State Services personnel who served as Body Guards to President Goodluck Jonathan have been posted out of the Villa to various state commands.
Reliable sources at the Presidential Villa said that the signal for the posting of the over 150 body guards who had remained redundant following the directive by the ADC to President Buhari that they should leave the presidential villa came yesterday.
It would be recalled that following the swearing in of President Buhari, personnel of the Department of State Services who had traditionally served as Body Guards to the president were ordered to leave the Villa on the instructions of the ADC to the president.
According to the source while a few of the DSS personnel were posted to the headquarters of the DSS, most of them were posted to various state commands of the service.
The source said:
“Almost all of our personnel who were body guards in the villa have been transferred out of the state House. A new crop of body guards who were trained for the purpose have taken over. They will take over from the soldiers who were initially drafted to man the various beats hitherto occupied by the DSS personnel. That phase of transition is over” the source said.About 250 personnel of the DSS are expected to take over the job of protecting the president from the military personnel.
It was gathered that the reason why they were replaced was sue to the bitter experience during the sallah prayers when president Buhari was almost mobbed by enthusiastic Nigerians who overwhelmed the military men that were supposed to protect him.
President Buhari himself confessed that but for God’s protection, he would have been mobbed by the crowd that thronged the Eid prayer ground.