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Sixty cadets who were recently dismissed from the Department of State Security (DSS) have said that they were forced to strip naked as part of a “tattoo search” conducted by agents.

The cadets, through their lawyer, Clarence Yakubu, are petitioning the Senate and the Human Rights Commission over the allegations, Daily Times reports.

“On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at exactly 1.00 p.m., a team from the National Headquarters of State Services Abuja came and about 60 of us were called out of the VIP Protection Practical and asked to march to the multi-purpose hall for further directives,” Yakubu said narrating the ordeal of one of his clients.

“We were asked to present our original credentials for screening. On Thursday, the following day, all the female cadets were asked to jog to the multi-purpose hall for physical screening. From there, we were asked to move to tattoo ground.

“On getting there, we were asked to remove our cloths completely for them to check if we have tattoos on our body. One senior officer threatened us to open our private parts and raise our hands up for them to check for the tattoo. One Muslim lady refused to remove her pant saying it was against her religion. After that, dismissal letters were given to us. We were asked to leave the academy immediately in the rain on Friday,” he narrated further.

The dismissed cadets were reportedly among 420 graduate trainees who had been in the academy since December 2014.


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