ACTING President, Yemi Osinbajo, has sacked the Director General of Department of Security Service (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Laolu Akande, the spokesman of Osinbajo, announced this on Twitter.
He said Daura had been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the DSS until further notice.
Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) August 7, 2018
Though Akande’s tweet did not state why Daura was being removed from office, it could be connected to the invasion of the National Assembly premises by operatives of the DSS on Tuesday.
Heavily armed and masked DSS men stationed themselves at all the gates of the National Assembly complex, preventing lawmakers, staff and journalists from gaining entrance. Reports say some All Progressives Congress senators were being allowed to enter.
After some time, however, the senators and members of the House of Representatives were allowed in, but not members of staff of the complex and journalists.
The APC leadership has issued a statement saying that the party has nothing to do with the DSS’ invasion of the National Assembly.
“Our attention has been drawn to mischievous attempts in some partisan quarters to link Tuesday’s developments in the National Assembly to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,” read the statement which was signed by APC’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.
“While the Party is monitoring the developments in the National Assembly like every other concerned Nigerian and stakeholder, there is absolutely no basis for all the false allegations and attempt to blame the APC National Chairman for the development there. It is strictly a legislative matter.”
Daura, the sacked DSS DG hails from the same state and hometown (Katsina State and Daura respectively) as President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a ten-day vacation in London.
Buhari had informed the National Assembly in writing that Osinbajo will serve as Acting President until he returns.