The Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) was the state security and intelligence service of the Nigerian government from 1976 to 1985. Established in 1976 by the Military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo after the failed coup of Buka Suka Dimka --which claimed the life of former Head of State Murtala Mohammed, the NSO was given a mandate of coordinating both domestic and foreign intelligence. During the time of the military regime, and continuing through the Nigerian Second Republic, the NSO was accused of carrying out systematic and widespread human rights abuses, especially of those seen to be critical of the government. One dissident has called them a "Gestapo in Black".

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  • The Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) was the state security and intelligence service of the Nigerian government from 1976 to 1985. Established in 1976 by the Military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo after the failed coup of Buka Suka Dimka --which claimed the life of former Head of State Murtala Mohammed, the NSO was given a mandate of coordinating both domestic and foreign intelligence. During the time of the military regime, and continuing through the Nigerian Second Republic, the NSO was accused of carrying out systematic and widespread human rights abuses, especially of those seen to be critical of the government. One dissident has called them a "Gestapo in Black". The NSO became particularly notorious during Buhari's so called War Against Indiscipline crackdown in spring 1984. A series of repressive measures, led by NSO chief Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi, was carried out. Of these, repression against journalists, opposition figures, government officials (the Foreign Ministry saw a purge of those considered "disloyal") and the a 25 month imprisonment of musician Fela Ransome-Kuti are especially remembered. (en)
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  • The Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) was the state security and intelligence service of the Nigerian government from 1976 to 1985. Established in 1976 by the Military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo after the failed coup of Buka Suka Dimka --which claimed the life of former Head of State Murtala Mohammed, the NSO was given a mandate of coordinating both domestic and foreign intelligence. During the time of the military regime, and continuing through the Nigerian Second Republic, the NSO was accused of carrying out systematic and widespread human rights abuses, especially of those seen to be critical of the government. One dissident has called them a "Gestapo in Black". (en)
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