The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has tackled a former minister of aviation Osita Chidoka over his statement that intelligence agencies recruit unintelligent people.
Chidoka made the controversial statement when he appeared on a programme on Channels TV.
The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) also said the lack of inter-agency collaboration remains a problem and accused the DSS of not giving enough intelligence to forestall terrorists’ attacks.
Spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Wednesday said Chidoka is not in a position to understand security operations in the country.
According to Afunanya, Chidoka does not receive security briefings and cannot comprehend the workings of the security agencies.
Part of Afunanya’s statement reads: “Chidoka spoke as a politician and my service, the DSS does not join issues with politicians.
“Intelligence activities are based on need- to-know; need-to-hold and need-to-access principles. For today, Chidoka is not on any of the platforms to appreciate the workings of intelligence community or the DSS in particular. He has no history of core intelligence practice, competence and experience.”
Speaking further on some of the allegations made by Chidoka , the DSS spokesperson said: “He exhibited lack of knowledge or complete ignorance in aspects of his analysis especially as it concerns the DSS.
“In any case, the Federal Road Safety Corps has arguably continue to enjoy a robust relationship with the DSS based on interagency collaboration.”