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Department of State Services (DSS) Recruitment 2020/2021 and How to Apply Online

The State Security Service (SSS), otherwise known as the Department of State Services (DSS), is an intelligence agency of Nigeria which takes care of primary internal intelligence and micro domestic security breaches.

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It is core function of the SSS is to gather intelligence within the country as well as to protect senior government officials, particularly the President and state governors. The SSS functions as a department within the presidency and is regulated by the National Security Adviser.

Origin Of The SSS

Before June 1986, Nigeria had what was known as the National Security Organization (NSO) which performed tripartite functions which today have been spread across The State Security Service (SSS), The National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) courtesy of the Ibrahim Babangida administration of 1986.

It was in 1986, during his first national address as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that Gen. Ibrahim Babangida issued Decree Number 19, which dissolved and re-structured Nigeria’s security services into three separate entities under the Office of the Coordinator of National Security. This was in fulfillment of one of his promises as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The SSS (i.e., DSS), NIA, and DIA

So, while The State Security Service (SSS) or Department of State Services (DSS)takes care of domestic intelligence, The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) oversees external intelligence and counterintelligence while The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) handles military-related intelligence outside and inside Nigeria.

Headquarters and Administration

The first headquarters of the SSS was located at 15, Awolowo road, Ikoyi in Lagos where the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office is presently located. Presently, the SSS headquarters is located in the northern edge of the three-arms zone on Aso drive in Maitama, Abuja and is informally known as the “Yellow House”.

As of 2020, the SSS is headed by Yusuf MagajiBichi, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in September, 2020.

Mandate of the DSS

The mission and mandate of the DSS includes the following:

  1. To protect and defend the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats,
  2. To uphold and enforce the criminal laws of Nigeria,
  3. To provide leadership and criminal justice services to both federal and state law-enforcement organs.
  4. To protect 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.
  5. To evolve security threats in Nigeria including counter-terrorism and counter-insurgent.

Department of State Services (DSS) Recruitment 2020/2021 and How to Apply Online

See the full details on Department of State Service job and how to apply for State Security Service Recruitment 2020/2021 below:

General Eligibility for DSS Recruitment 2020

To be eligible to apply for the DSS recruitment, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a Nigerian by birth or born to a Nigerian parent.
  2. Male applicants should be at least 1.7m tall while female applicants should be 1.6m tall.
  3. Chest measurement of 0.86 is required for some positions
  4. Applicants must be certified fit by a Government hospital
  5. All applicants must be both physically and mentally fit for service.
  6. Have at least a Bachelor`s Degree with the Second Class Upper Division.

The following persons are exempted from applying for DSS Recruitment;

  1. A pregnant woman
  2. Anyone who has undergone orthopedic operation in the past
  3. A person with flat foot
  4. Candidates who exceed 30 years of age.
  5. Candidates who have any form of financial embarrassment.
  6. Have a record of previous conviction of crime or is found guilty of any criminal offence in Nigeria or any other country.

Basic Academic Requirements

See the basic academic requirements for applying SSS job below:


  1. West African School Certificate (WASC) or Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) with Credits in not less than three (3) subjects including English and at least passes in two (2) other subjects; or
  2. National Examination Council (NECO)/General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level with passes in four (4) subjects obtained at one sitting or five (5) subjects obtained at two sittings including English Language.)


  1. National Diploma (ND) obtained from a recognized institution.
  2. National Certificate of Education (NCE) from a recognized institution; or
  3. General Certificate of Education (Advance Level) in two (2) subjects obtained at one sitting or three (3) subjects obtained at two sittings.)

*these basic (preliminary) requirements cover applicants for the SSCE, ND/HND positions. For higher level positions, Bachelor`s Degree with the Second Class Upper Division is required.

Academic Qualifications Considered for DSS Recruitment

Interested applicants for the DSS recruitment 2018 are expected to have at least a B.Sc. in any of the following fields;

  1. Physical and Health Education;
  2. Psychology;
  3. Electrical Engineering/Electronics Engineering/IT Specialist; Peace and Conflict Resolution;
  4. Sociology;
  5. Guidance and Counselling (for female only);
  6. Computer Science;
  7. Physics;
  8. English and
  9. Mathematics

*All interested medical personnel is to submit a copy of their Nursing and midwifery license.

Available Positions For DSS Recruitment 2020

The department of state service is recruiting to fill the following positions;

  1. English education,
  2. Hospitality Managers,
  3. Lawyer,
  4. Mathematics education,
  5. Optometrist,
  6. Orthopedic surgeon,
  7. Pediatrician/Pediatrician nurse,
  8. Psychologist,
  9. Radiologists,
  10. Satellite images interpreter,
  11. Sociologist,
  12. Software Developer,
  13. Statistician,
  14. Computer Engineer/Computer science education/Network engineer/Data Administrator,
  15. Electrical/Building/Mechanical/Satellite Communication engineer, Criminologist.

How to Apply for DSS Recruitment 2020

DSS recruitment is done offline at the DSS offices nationwide. But you can get full information on the application process from the DSS Nigeria Website,

All submission of DSS application forms are done by hand and within a specified timeframe. To process your DSS recruitment, do the following:

  1. Write a letter (handwritten)applying for a position in the DSS with your local government of origin indicated. This letter should be signed by an official in local government area, i.e., a local government authority,
  2. Address the letter to The Director-General, State Security Service, Abuja. The current Director General of the DSS is Lawal Musa Daura;
  3. Attach to the letter your Statements of results and two (2) color passport photos.
  4. Submit these at the nearest DSS office nationwide.

Please, note that DSS recruitment application is free of charge.

All information on DSS recruitment applications isavailable online at the DSS website – So, kindly visit the application portal to find out more in this regard.

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