Raymond Nkemdirim

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Raymond Nkemdirim
Chief Raymond Nkemdirim.jpg
Former Director Operations, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria
BornMarch 14, 1961
Umuobiala in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State
OccupationSecurity Expert
Parent(s)Mr. Brown Ogbonnaya Nkemdirim and Floris

Raymond Iheanacho Nkemdirim (born March 14, 1961) is a former Director of Operations of the Department Of State Security Services DSS and Special Assistant to the Director-General, DSS, a position he held until 2015. He joined the then Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO) in 1979. When in 1986, the NSO was re-organized and the State Security Service (SSS) emerged, he transferred his service to the SSS.

As security intelligence administrator, Raymond served in Nigeria's intelligence service for 35 years. He retired as Director of Operations. At the end of his service, he was retained on contract as Special Assistant to the head of Nigeria’s primary domestic intelligence agency.


Chief Ray Nkemdirim MFR commenced his early education in 1966 at the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Ama-Achara, Umuahia.

With the outbreak of the civil war, he moved to Sierra Leone where he continued his primary school education at the Military Primary School, Freetown, Sierra Leone. On completion of his primary education, he moved on for his secondary education to the Albert Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1973. In 1975, five years after the end of the Civil War, he returned to Nigeria to continue his secondary education. First, he was enrolled at Boys High School, Awkunanaw, Enugu State, and subsequently Emmanuel College, Owerri.

For his higher education, he proceeded to Imo State University (now Abia State University) then located at Etiti in Imo State, where he studied Sociology between 1982 and 1986. He went on to enrol at the University of Abuja, where he studied and obtained a degree in Law in 2002. Prior to going to the university for higher education, he had, in 1979 joined the then Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO). When in 1986, the NSO was re-organized and the State Security Service (SSS) emerged, he transferred his service to the SSS.

He rose in his career to hold the position of State Director of Security (SDS) in several States, including Bayelsa, Oyo, Kwara and Bauchi respectively.

He also participated in the Policy, Strategy and Leadership Course of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Jos, Plateau State. He attended the Institute for Security Studies, (ISS), Abuja, where he emerged the best graduating student and was awarded Fellow of the Security Institute. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University in where he went for studies in National and International Security.


Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (MFR)[1]


Raymond wrote on Rethinking Intelligence Management And Security In Nigeria for The Nigerian Defence College conference in February 2017.[2] In the paper presentation, he advised that Nigeria must reform its intelligence management structure to suit its particular security threats, especially the rise of Boko Haram, Niger Delta militants and recently the Fulani herdsmen attack. Nkemdirim said the first step will be to set up an Intelligence Agencies Reform Committee to overhaul the operations of intelligence services in the country. On 11 November 2017, he delivered a lecture "Credible Intelligence Gathering" at Isuikwuato Local Government at Nigerian Army Language School, 143 Batallion, Ovim, Abia State.[3]

Raymond Nkemdirim recently delivered a lecture during the South West Security Management Course in Lagos titled Intelligence-led security analysis of bandits and violent extremists, where he challenged the governors of South West Nigeria to rise to the challenge of increasing activities of armed bandits and violent extremist in their respective states.

Banner designed for the SOUTHWEST REGIONAL MANAGEMENT COURSE held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Lecture in 2018.[4] At the lecture, challenged Nigeria security agencies to strictly enforce the implementation of intelligence analysis in relation to the activities of bandits and violent extremists in order to realise a safer and more secure South West region.

Nkemdirim in the paper said there is every need for Heads of the Nigeria Police and other intelligence agencies in the sub-region to meet regularly in order to work out joint strategies to mitigate security concerns within the region.

He also delivered a lecture titled "Current Security Challenges and The Way Forward" at an event in Abuja Nigeria where he said the gory killings being unleashed by Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria and the apparent lack of willingness of the security apparatus to bring the perpetrators to book, has forced Nigerians to be doubtful about government’s claim of being genuinely committed to safeguarding lives and property.

Raymond further challenged the government to take the adequate step(s) toward reassuring Nigerians that all hope is not lost in the face of the prevailing security challenges .[5]

On November 26, 2018, Raymond was invited to speak at the South East Regional Security Management Course in Anambra State, Nigeria and in a paper titled, "Analytic Frameworks For Explaining And Predicting Decisions In Security Issues" he posits that "violent extremism in the South East region, comprising the 5 states of Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi can effectively be tackled using tested analytic security frameworks. He also said, "The South East is one of 6 regions in Nigeria that has had its fair share of knocks from the activities of bandits and other men of the underworld on a fairly constant basis over the years". [6]

Professional Courses[edit]

1.National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria --- Certificate in Policy, Strategy and Leadership Course. (2008)

2.Institute for Security Studies, Abuja--- Fellow of the Security Institute (fsi): 2009 3.Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA--- Certificate in National and International Security Studies. (2013)

Service Basic Courses Attended[edit]

1.Detective Basic Course (DBC): 1980--- Best All-Round Detective

2.Assistant Security Officers Basic Course (ABC): 1981--- Best All-Round Cadet

3.Cadet Officers Basic Course (COBC): 1987--- Best Graduating Cadet Officer

4.Executive Intelligence Management Course 1 (EIMC 1), Institute for Security Studies (ISS): 2009 --- Best Graduating Participant


1.Investigator--- 1979-1988 2.Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Operations--- DSS Imo State Command--- 1988 3.Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Intelligence, DSS Lagos State Command. 1989 4.Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Operations, DSS Lagos State Command. 1990 5.Staff Officer (SO) Intelligence, National Headquarters. 1991 6.Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Research and Estimates, National Headquarters. 1993 7.Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Intelligence, National Headquarters, Abuja. 1994- 1996 8.Assistant Director, Research and Estimates, National Headquarters. 1996-1998 9.Assistant Director, Operations and Intelligence (AD O/I), Nassarawa State Command. 1998- 1999 10.Assistant Director Intelligence, National Headquarters. 1999-2001 11.Assistant Director, Operations and Intelligence (AD O/I), Edo State Command. 2001- 2003 12.State Director of Security (SDS) Bayelsa State Command. 2003-2005 13.State Director of Security (SDS) Oyo State Command. 2005-2007 14.State Director of Security (SDS) Kwara State Command. 2007 15.State Director of Security (SDS) Bauchi State Command. 2007-2009 16.Directing Staff, Institute for Security Studies, Abuja. 2009- 2010 17.Director Operations, National Headquarters, Abuja. 2010 – 2015 18.Special Assistant to DG SSS (on contract). 2015


  1. ^ "Nigeria: National Honours Awards 2010 and 2011". Economic Confidential. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Former DSS Director Calls Credible Intelligence Tackling Current Security Challenges". FLO NEWS. 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ "IDU MOVES TO CURB CRIME IN ISUIKWUATO, HOST SECURITY SUMMIT". Abia Facts Newspaper. 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ "DSS Ex Director Charges South West Governors To Curtail Armed Bandits, Violent Extremists". Sureyarns. 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Nigerians Are Doubtful About Government's Claim Of Their' Safety -Nkemdirim". Flo News. 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Former Director Of DSS Says The South East Has Never Been Free From Banditry". Flo News. 5 December 2018.