Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura, following the siege at the National Assembly Complex this morning, which sparked controversy.
Recall that earlier today, lawmakers who came with the hope of attending the meeting were denied entry into the Assembly by the security operatives. The DSS and the Police had locked down the National Assembly on Tuesday, even as the Senate leadership had scheduled a meeting to hold in the chambers in the afternoon.
Though lawmakers elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress had dissociated themselves from the security operatives’ actions, however the opposition Peoples Democratic Party had accused the Executive and APC lawmakers of an attempt to truncate democracy.
Confirming the sack of the DSS boss, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, wrote on Twitter;
“AgP Yemi Osinbajo has directed the termination of the appointment of the DG of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura.
Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.
Daura began his career in 1982 at the State Security Service where he rose to the position of director. In 2003, he was appointed, Deputy Director Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre at the Presidential Villa, a position he held till 2007. On July 2, 2015, he was appointed director General of the State Security Service.
He was appointed following Ita Ekpeyong’s dismissal on July 2, 2015 by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria.