Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo has sacked the director-general of the country’s secret service following the service’s operatives blockade of the National Assembly on earlier today.
Masked operatives of the Department of State Services have prevented lawmakers, staff and journalists from entering the National Assembly.
Opposition lawmakers accused the ruling all Progressives Congress of being behind the blockade which saw the lawmakers locked out of their offices. The clerk of the National Assembly was also refused entry to the Assembly complex.
Daura, who was summoned to the presidential villa by the acting president few minutes before his sack, was directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the DSS until further notice.
“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the termination of the appointment of the DG of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura,” said Laolu Akande, media aide to Osinbajo.
“Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
Osinbajo also described the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly complex as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order.
He said the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.
“Prof. 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.”
Meanwhile, barely few hours following the sack of Lawal Daura as Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, the most senior Director in the national security agency has taken charge.
A tweet by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, noted that Seiyefa will act as Director-General until further notice.
A cursory view into Seiyefa’s profile indicates that he hails from Bayelsa State.
He was before his new appointment the most senior director in the DSS functioning as Assistant DG.
He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.
With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States.
Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).