This scenario has triggered a whole lot of condemnation and controversy as to why an official of the high-profile Nigeria Secret Police known as the State Security Service (SSS) would stoop so low to do stuff like this.
Here, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, was caught on tape during an event organized by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at its academy somewhere in Abuja – in December – using an officer to clean his shoes in public.
The video was sent to PREMIUM TIMES by one of its readers who witnessed it all.
The minister, dressed in white agbada, was relaxing on a couch with his legs stretched out while the SSS officer appeared from the sides, with a handkerchief in his right hand and a holstered service pistol protruding from his jacket (circled in the video).
He is seen stooping before the minister, using his left hand to lift Mr. Dambazau’s right leg, slightly above the floor to clean his loafers.
The minister bent his head to notice him, before looking away to focus on the event going on.
He was seated between what appears to be top officers of the NSCDC who merely took short glances at what the SSS officer was actually doing.
Soon, the right leg shoe was glistering again and he steadily dropped it back to a dusty floor.
The minister adjusted himself in his couch and gently raised the left foot, appearing detached, while the SSS officer took it in his palms again and wiped off the dust.
Top Nigerian officials are known for misusing or abusing security details posted to them.
Apparently irritated by the way security officials are treated by the VIPs to which they are attached, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, in May last year, warned police officers against running errands or doing domestic chores for their principals.