Tuesday 7 August 2018

#NASS Siege: Osinbajo sacks Lawal Daura as DSS DG,

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Daura, with immediate effect, the presidency has said.

“Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice,” Laolu Akande, Mr Osinbajo’s spokesperson said in a statement sent to the media.
Mr Akande also shared the statement on his Twitter handle.
The sack is believed to be related to Mr Daura’s role in the siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Before the sack was announced by his aide, Mr Osinbajo summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and Mr Daura, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the two security chiefs, who arrived Aso Rock at different times, were to update the acting president on security developments including the blockade of the National Assembly by security officials.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on vacation in London.
Mr Idris was the first to arrive at about 12.35 p.m. before the arrival of Mr Daura at about 1.15 p.m.
The police and operatives of the SSS early on Tuesday, blocked the main gate of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex.
The security operatives, however, later allowed the lawmakers access into the complex while journalists and other staff were barred.
The siege has been condemned by most Nigerians and leaders of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The security siege is believed to have been put in place to allow for the forceful removal of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, from office.
Mr Saraki recently defected from Nigeria’s ruling APC to the PDP.
The APC has asked him to resign saying it still controls majority in the Senate. Mr Saraki has, however, indicated that he would not resign as he believes he still enjoys the support of majority senators including some of the APC

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