The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director-General, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura with immediate effect,” a terse statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said, adding: “Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
The sack of the DSS boss followed early Tuesday morning siege to the National Assembly by armed and masked operatives of the department.
The sack letter it was gathered was prepared even before Daura arrived. It was handed over to him by Osinbajo’s aides, as the VP refused to meet with him.
It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had been complaining of Daura’s antics and would have removed him about two weeks ago but was stopped by some of his aides
The nation had woken up to the rude shock of an early morning blockade of the National Assembly by hooded and heavily armed operatives of the secret service who prevented federal legislators and staff of the legislature from accessing the complex.
The action, claimed to have been ordered from above, effectively truncated a scheduled meeting of the principal officers of the National Assembly intended to review an executive request to reconvene the federal legislature from its recess to consider urgent matters of national importance placed before it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Mathew Seiyefa was Tuesday night appointed the acting DG of the secret service to replace Daura.
Not long after, Senators Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti,) Ben Murray Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa) and Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara) arrived at the scene. They approached the gate but the masked DSS officers also prevented them from entering.
Few minutes later, a female member of the House of Representatives, Boma Goodhead (PDP, Rivers) arrived and insisted on entering the premises.
When the armed men stood in her way, she approached the operatives menacingly and shouted at them.
She shouted, “I dare you to shoot, shoot me. How can you come here and be embarrassing us?
“Was this what Jonathan did to Buhari? You are all a disgrace.”