The authorities of the Department of State Services have sent back to state commands the 253 operatives that were earlier deployed in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It was learnt that the personnel were asked to go back to their respective commands on Wednesday, pending when the service would get further directives from the Presidency on their deployment.
The Punch had earlier reported that the 253 personnel were rejected by the Presidential Villa authorities allegedly on the order of the Aide-De-Camp to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to their redeployment signal issued by the service’s national headquarters, some of the personnel were to report to the Vice President’s office, some were attached to the President’s wife while some others were attached to the Vice President’s wife among other beats in the villa.
But on reporting at the villa, the operatives were not allowed in by the ADC who reportedly said they were not needed.
Following their rejection by the villa authorities, the operatives were said to have been taken to the agency’s training school, Institute for Security Studies, Bwari, where they underwent an induction process for some days.
After the induction, the DSS authorities were said to have directed the officers to return to their former posting and await further directives.
“We have been asked to return to our respective state commands and to await further directives or orders from the national headquarters,” one of the operatives explained.
The DSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, could not be reached for comment as calls to her phone failed to connect.