The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC has defended the Minister of Interior Lt. General Dambazau for letting his security detail from the State Security Service (SSS) clean his shoe at a public function.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, in a statement released by the spokesman of the NSCDC, Okeh Emmanuel, said the SSS detective did what he did out of respect for his principal, Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau.
The SSS official cleaned the shoe of the Minister during a function at the NSCDC Academy, Sauka in December 2015.
The statement reads:
“However, the news being peddled by some online media houses, alleging that the Honourable Minister of Interior LT. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) converts SSS officer to a “shoe shiner” is baseless, fraudulent and malicious. It is a diversionary tactics of the evil ones to cast aspersion on the personality of the minister. The honourable minister who was on a visit to NSCDC facilities at Sauka never beckoned on any of his aides to come and clean his shoe as alleged. Rather, if the “aide” carried out such a function, it means it was done voluntarily without any iota of compulsion. The demonstration by the SSS personnel was a mark of respect for his principal since he was not compelled to do so. It should also be noted that a man of the calibre of the minister, who was one-time Chief of Army Staff is entitled to aides that could help in ensuring that he looks neat at all times,”.