Patrick Edem Etim
Patrick Edem Etim
- June 28, 2020
- Posted by: SSDC
Started his career with the then Nigeria Security Organisation, (NSO), as a Cadet in May 1982 and was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer. He served at the National Headquarters in Lagos and in Abuja (when the capital moved), in all Departments of the Service. In 1984, he commenced his VIP Protection duties with the then government of the then Head of State, Major General Buhari. He was privileged to serve other Heads of State/Presidents, including General Babangida, General Abacha, and President Obasanjo, before assuming another function in Bayelsa State where he voluntarily retired in 2003, after 21 years of meritorious service.
In October 2003, whilst still on terminal leave from the Service, he was employed by Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited, (HESNL), initially as Security Coordinator for the Warri, Delta State office of the company, and later as Facility Manager at the Port-Harcourt, Rivers State office.
In October 2010, the Service requested for his services to return back to DSS on contract to give capacity support to the security team protecting the then president, President Jonathan, due to the security challenges being experienced at the time in protecting the president. Being a loyal, committed and diligent retired officer, he accepted the offer and served as the Commander of the Strike Force Unit and the Commander of the Bodyguard Unit before he was redeployed to the ISS after the change of government in May, 2015.
A 2nd Class Upper graduate of Political Science from the University of Abuja, also a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives, he is a professional member of some prominent security bodies, namely: the Nigerian Institute for Industrial Security, (NIIS), the American Society for industrial Security, (ASIS), the International Academy for Security, (ARC). He has participated in a number of security; health, safety and environment; and managerial courses throughout his tenure in the Service and in Halliburton.