Nigerian State Security Service Functions, Salary, Recruitment & Activities

This post contains all you need know about the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS), Functions, recruitment, Salary Structure, Head-office address, official website and activities of the Nigerian State Security Service.

The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) is also known as Department of State Services (DSS). They are the main intelligence agency of Nigeria. The SSS operates as a department within the presidency and is under the control of the National Security Adviser. One of the primary functions of the DSS is to protect senior government officials, especially the President of Nigeria, 36 State governors and foreign envoys.


Functions/Mission of the State Security Services

The mission of the SSS/DSS is to protect and defend the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of Nigeria, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to both federal and state law-enforcement organs. As earlier pointed, the SSS is also charged with the protection of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Governors, their immediate families, other high ranking government officials, past presidents and their spouses, certain candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, and visiting foreign heads of state and government.

The SSS has constantly adapted to various roles necessitated by evolving security threats in Nigeria including counter-terrorism and counter-insurgent.

Achievements of the DSS

The Department of state service in Nigeria has recorded a number of achievements since its inception during the Babangida military regime in 1986. Some of those recorded successes includes:

  1. The arrest of the Egyptian bomber Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq in 1993 while he was trying to enter Nigeria through the Nigeria-Benin republic border.
  2. The interception of large cache of arms and ammunition originating from Iran at the Apapa port in lagos in October 2010.
  3. Infiltrated a number of religious extremist groups in the country including the Boko Haram sect
  4. In October 2011, the SSS rescued the Parish Priest of St Bernard’s Catholic Church Eguaholo in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state, Rev. Fr Sylvester Chukwura, from his kidnapper’s hideout.
  5.   Arrested a notorious kidnapper and killer. Binebi who was wanted amongst other things for killing an SSS operative in 2010 and also burning down the state government patrol boat at Gelegele.

Failures of the SSS

Although, the SSS recorded some feats of victory, it also had its failures which it was heavily criticized. Some of this non-achievements includes:

  1. Allowing Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the “underpants bomber”, to board Northwest airlines flight from Lagos despite his father having previously warned security officials of his sons radical views on America.
  2. The agency was also criticized heavily in the wake of the August 26, 2011 United Nations House bombing in Abuja.
  3. The SSS failing to manage information in a timely and proper fashion which had led to the public losing confidence in the organisation.

Salary Structure of the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS)

The information on the salary structure of the SSS is classified but according to an investigative finding on the Nigerian police monthly salary done by premium times, the Director General of the SSS earns about N1, 336 million per month. You can see the report from Premium Times HERE.

Activities of The Nigerian State Security Service

The SSS operations are normally classified and it is run by tireless veterans who spend years studying their prospective recruits(for the core agents) stealthily before contacting them for possible employment. Veterans in the service hardly retire and are capable of operating underground with the highest level of secrecy. The veteran works to know everything in his domain and without, and in saying nothing of it except if needed by the state through his superiors.

They are drilled to find their own pleasure inwardly in the number of secrets at their disposal to the use and ultimate satisfaction of the state instead of the worth at street value. Some work solely as SSS (secret service agent) while some live double lives – working as policemen, soldiers, civil servants, businessmen and women,naval staff, anything. SSS agents are known to use sophisticated weapons.

Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) Recruitment Application

Unlike other security agencies like the Nigerian Police, army, navy and Air force that recruits officers yearly, the SSS don’t have a specific period of recruiting people. Recruitment can happen anytime. Successful applicants undergo series of test and intensive training for 6 months or more. Educational qualification for the Nigerian Security Service includes holders of WAEC & NECO, graduates with relevant degrees as the agency deems fit.

Nigerian State Security Service Headquarters and Official Website

The SSS headquarters is informally known as the “Yellow House”, it is located on the northern edge of the three-arms zone on Aso drive in Maitama, Abuja. The official website of the SSS/DSS is and their motto is “loyalty, vigilance, verity”


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  1. adebayo

    When any member of Lagos DSS physically brutalize their wife to the point of being huspitalized with constant treat of killing. Who do we report to?

  2. Ogboru Alierie

    It is of my inttention and zeal to deffend my motherland through the sss/dss.
    When and how do I go about it?????
    Please I need responce. Thanks.

  3. Abdulsalam

    Do SSS staff grow or keep their beards


    And likewise they do have tattoos has well why?

  5. Emmanuel Eluwa

    please notify me when u start recruiting

  6. Ballantyne Emuru

    Can slim body size and flat foot be a barrier to someone becoming DSS?

    1. Not in all cases, but you have to be fit and intelligent

    2. No, but you have to be fit and intelligent

  7. Evuetapha omafuvwe Leo

    Pls notify me when u people start recruiting pls ooo

  8. Mas'ud Dan Nigeria

    That’s a nice job an intelligent agencies

  9. oluwatoyosi

    please is the application still on?
    where is it to be submitted in lagos please?


  10. wisdom

    am here sir I like to be

  11. jerry

    pls notify concerning any update for the DSS recruitment

    1. Once we get any update on DSSC or SSS recruitment for 2017/2018, we will update it here

      1. Audu yunusa Muhammad

        Pls any information about DSS , let me know because , am very very interested.

        1. It’s not yet out yet

  12. jerry

    pls any info concerning the DSS recruitment and when application is out should be passed across

  13. Antai Emmanuel

    Please I’m interested in working for my country

  14. Antai Emmanuel

    I mean dss please I and my friend are interested

  15. Ibrahim

    Who can help me to join dss

  16. conquering Oracle

    LLV… My new motto. Ng Asset… TIURCER EM. Nill Typo error.
    Who can decode this?

  17. navia oche

    Hello…I’d love to know if the form is out for the dss/sss yet and when its most likely to come out and how do I know when the forms out . Thank you

  18. Chris

    Please I would love to be updated on when the form for the recruitment is out, I am a bachelors of art in international relations and diplomacy, so I would love to proceed in the line of serving my country and upholding his good

  19. Aladesanmi Adeola

    Is it true that you must have connection with senators or any high level official political leader before you can become sss

  20. Rotex

    Notify me when the registrations is going

  21. enyi favour

    pls notify me, when the start registrations

  22. paulseen sunny


  23. ope

    why is it that in nigeria, we always look after qualifications before recruiting competent, intelligent, smart and skillful person into the secret/special agent or forces. i still think there are some competent ones who does not have the opportunity of schooling that much but got the competency of acquiring infos from evil minded ones… pls see to it oo

  24. Mahmud musa

    Mahmud nusa:does Dss have their loyalty & vigilance to they nationhood,they to protect the security service of its citizens but not to defame they identity but also to maintain. pls let them discharger they duties according with the constitution of our beloved nation(nigeria) finally be trusthworth to your duties.

  25. dikeh Ifeanyichukwu

    the highest rank and lowest rank in dss is what sir and their salary

    1. Am afraid that the information is kindoff classified

      1. Ibrahim

        Hello.hey don’t be afraid! what about the recruitment age is it 22-30/22-35.

        1. smart

          What does it require for one to work as SSS

  26. David

    how can I join the Sss

  27. Uude

    Contact me when form is out via my email

    1. Blessing ojo

      I’m a psychologist a product from the university of Jos, i will be glad to serve my motherland in the Department state Service if given the opportunity.

  28. Godwin

    I Need an update when SSS will start their recruiting because I am interested. I based in owerri Imo state

  29. Ibrahim adamu

    I want 2 apply 4 dss pls notify me if time

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