Daura Must Be Probed, Sack Not Enough – Abubakar Umar

 

A former military governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar (rtd), has said that the sack of the Director General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, is not enough and therefore insists that the Federal Government must investigate him.

In a statement on Friday, Umar said that he (Daura) might constitute a threat to Nigeria’s democracy if the Federal Government fails to investigate him.

According to the former governor, he had in the last three years of leading the DSS created for himself, “a government within a government in Nigeria”.

He, therefore, stated that the probe should cover the whereabouts, as well as the condition of all the assets handed over to him by the immediate past DG of the DSS, Ita Ekpeyong.

He said: “Without a doubt, the summary dismissal, last week, of Alhaji Lawal Daura, Director-General, Department of State Services, came as a big surprise to many people. It seemed to contradict the world order!

“In the last three years, Lawal Daura had marched from one audacious act of impunity to another; had rudely defied the president, had routinely ignored court orders and seemed all but successful in carving out, for himself, a government within a government in Nigeria.

“There was hardly any observer of the turbulent Nigerian political scene over the last several years who still believed that Lawal Daura was subject to any laws not to speak of official code of behaviour.

“But on Tuesday, the 7th of August, 2018, Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, signed a terse, two-paragraph letter telling Lawal Daura that he has been dismissed from office. Not only that, Professor Osinbajo also ordered Lawal Daura be arrested and remanded in police custody.

“Given all the distress created by the actions of Lawal Daura and those caused through his refusal to act, the decision to sack him did not come a moment too soon.

“And yet, in the interest of our democracy, to guard against unexpected threats and conspiracies, the action taken by the acting president must not stop halfway. The government should seek to discover the motives as well as the explanation for some of those crazy manoeuvres, many of which simply beggars belief,” Umar said.

According to him, some of the areas the former DSS DG should be probed about should include reasons why he allegedly deployed SSS operatives and prevented EFCC personnel from searching the residences of Mr Ekpenyong and former NIA DG, Mr Oke.

Umar also called for an explanation why Daura continuously and in blatant defiance of the president allegedly sent false reports to the Nigerian Senate that frustrated the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the EFCC, among others.

EFCC Reveals How Ex-Governor Suswam Allegedly Diverted N3.1billion

SuswamThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given a detailed account of how former Governor of Benue State, Mr Gabriel Suswam and his Finance Commissioner, Mr. Omadachi Okolobia allegedly diverted over 3.1 billion naira belonging to Benue State government.

At the resumed trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja, a detective with the EFCC, Mr. Junaidu Sa’id, told the court that investigation by his team revealed that ex-Governor Suswam instructed that shares owned by the Benue State Government in the Benue Investment and Property Company be sold off for the sum of N10 billion.

Upon the order, the witness said that Elixir Investment Partners was appointed as stockbrokers to carry out the sales of the shares, during which over N9 billion was realized.

Elixir Investment Partners, the witness said, was thereafter instructed to pay the N9 billion into three different bank accounts of the State Ministry of Finance.

He said N5 billion was paid into the account of Benue State Ministry of Finance by Elixir Investment Partners, while a total sum of N3.1 billion was paid into Fanffash Resources account.

The witness said that the owner of Fanfash Resources, Abubakar Umar, was invited by the EFCC, who confirmed that he received N3.1 billion in his company account and converted same to dollar equivalent, amounting to $15.8 million and that he delivered same in cash to former Governor Suswam at his Maitama Residence in Abuja.

He told the court that the Finance Commissioner confirmed issuing directives for the payments to be made to Fanffash Resources and Benue State Ministry of Finance.

The court adjourned till January 18 and 19, 2016 for cross examination of the witness and continuation of hearing.