Body Guards to former President Goodluck Jonathan have been posted out of the Presidential Villa to various state commands, by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Competent sources at the Presidential Villa said that the signal for the posting of the over 150 bodyguards, who had remained redundant following the directive by the ADC to President Buhari that they 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 served as bodyguards to President Jonathan were ordered to leave the villa on the instructions of the ADC to the present President.
According to the source, while a few of the DSS personnel were posted to the headquarters, most of them were posted to various state commands of the service.
“Almost all of the personnel who were bodyguards in the villa have been transferred out of the State House. A new crop of bodyguards, 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.
It was gathered that the process of bringing in the DSS personnel after those who served President Jonathan were withdrawn, was necessitated by the bitter experience during the sallah prayers when President Buhari was almost mobbed by enthusiastic Nigerians who overwhelmed the soldiers that were protecting home.
President Buhari himself confessed that but for God’s protection, the crowd that thronged the Eid prayer ground would have mobbed him.
It would be recalled that since their departure from the villa, most of the body guards have been idling away as they had no beat to cover and did not belong to any state command.

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