VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the “unauthorised” invasion of the National Assembly premises by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the unauthorised takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order,” Akande stated.
“According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.
“By this statement, Professor Osinbajo is consequently assuring Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.”
Osinbajo has already directed the immediate removal of the Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, and ordered him to hand over to the most senior officer in the service.
AFENIFERE NOT IMPRESSED
Meanwhile, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said it was not impressed with Osinbajo’s sacking of Daura, insisting that the Presidency had foreknowledge of the blockade of the National Assembly.
Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said this on Tuesday, adding that the incident “suggests that there is a trouble in Nigerian democracy”.
“We are yet to understand the meaning of the sacking of Lawal Daura by the Acting President. Does it mean that the DSS could go and seal the National Assembly without the instruction from the acting president or Mr. President himself?” Odumakin queried.
“The sacking is not impressive at all. Is Daura the commander-in-chief of his own that can just act without an instruction from above?
“It is either he took the instruction from the Acting President or the President in London. Those are the two people that can instruct him to go and seal up the National Assembly.
“This is an indication that our democracy is under threat and Nigerians should now know that this ruling government constitutes a danger to the democratic rule in Nigeria.
“I can bet it with anybody that the DG of DSS cannot seal up the National Assembly without the instruction from above.”