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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCIES ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
- Establishment of National Security Agencies.
- General duties of the National Security Agencies.
- Principal officers of the Agencies.
- Co-ordinator on National Security.
- Establishment of advisory councils.
- Instruments relating to the advisory councils, the structure, etc., of the Agencies.
- Short title.
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCIES ACT
An Act to disband the Nigerian Security Organisation and to create three security
agencies, charging each with the conduct of the relevant aspect of the national
security and other related matters.
[1986 No. 19.)
[5th June, 1986]
- Establishment of National Security Agencies
There shall, for the effective conduct of national security, be established the following
National Security Agencies, that is to say-
(a) the Defence Intelligence Agency;
(b) the National Intelligence Agency; and
(c) the State Security Service.
- General duties of the National Security Agencies
(1) The Defence Intelligence Agency shall be charged with responsibility for-
(a) the prevention and detection of crime of a military nature against the security
(b) the protection and preservation of all military classified matters concerning the
security of Nigeria, both within and outside Nigeria;
(c) such other responsibilities affecting defence intelligence of a military nature,
both within and outside Nigeria, as the President, or the Chief of Defence
Staff, as the case may be, may deem necessary.
(2) The National Intelligence Agency shall be charged with responsibility for-
(a) the general maintenance of the security of Nigeria outside Nigeria, concerning
matters that are not related to military issues; and
(b) such other responsibilities affecting national intelligence outside Nigeria as the
National Defence Councilor the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary.
(3) The State Security Service shall be charged with responsibility for-
(a) the prevention and detection within Nigeria of any crime against the internal
security of Nigeria;
(b) the protection and preservation of all non-military classified matters concerning
the internal security of Nigeria; and
(c) such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National
Assembly or the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary.
(4) The provisions of subsections (I), (2) and (3) of this section shall have effect
notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, or any matter therein
(5) In this section, “classified matter” has the same meaning assigned thereto in
section 9 of the Official Secrets Act.
- Principal officers of the Agencies
(I) There shall be appointed for each of the agencies, a principal officer, who shall be
known by such designation as the President may determine.
(2) The principal officers of the agencies shall in the discharge of their functions under this Act-
(a) in the case of the State Security Service and the National Intelligence Agency,
be responsible directly to the President; and
(b) in the case of the Defence Intelligence Agency, be directly responsible to the
Chief of Defence Staff.
- Co-ordinator on National Security
(1) For the purpose of co-ordinating the intelligence activities of the National Security Agencies
set up under section I of this Act, there shall be appointed by the President a Co-ordinator on National Security.
(2) The Co-ordinator on National Security shall be a principal staff officer in the office of the President.
(3) The Co-ordinator on National Security shall be charged with the duty of-
(a) advising the President on matters concerning the intelligence activities of the
(b) making recommendations in relation to the activities of the agencies to the
President, as contingencies may warrant;
(c) correlating and evaluating intelligence reports relating to the national security
and providing the appropriate dissemination of such intelligence within Government,
using existing facilities as the President may direct;
(d) determining the number and level of staff to be employed by each agency
established pursuant to section I of this Act and organising the transfer and
posting of staff, especially the transfer and posting of existing staff of the Nigerian
Security Organisation established pursuant to the Nigerian Security Organisation Act
1976, repealed by section 7 (1) of this Act;
(e) doing such other things in connection with the foregoing provisions of this
section as the President may, from time to time, determine.
- Establishment of advisory councils
(1) There shall, in the interest of national security, be established two advisory councils, that is to say-
(a) the National Defence Council;
(b) the National Security Council.
(2) The National Security Council shall be charged with responsibility for matters
(a) to public security; and
(b) generally to the structure, staff and other matters concerning the agencies set
up under this Act.
(3) The National Defence Council shall advise the President on all matters concerning the
defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.
- Instruments relating to the advisory councils, the structure, etc., of the Agencies
The President may by an instrument under his hand make provisions with respect to
the following matters, that is to say-
(a) the composition, membership and appointment to the advisory councils
established by section 5 (1) of this Act;
(b) the structure of each of the agencies set up under this Act (including the
designation and the appointment of the principal officers of the agency concerned)
and the manner in which each agency is to be administered;
(c) the manner in which the powers of each agency is to be exercised and the
conferment on specified officers of the agencies, of the powers of a superior police officer; and
(d) such other matters concerning or incidental to any of the matters mentioned in
this Act as the President may deem fit.
- Repeal, etc.
(I) The Nigerian Security Organisation Act is hereby repealed.
(2) If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, the provisions of
this Act shall prevail and that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.
8. Short title
This Act may be cited as the National Security Agencies Act.
No Subsidiary Legislation