No Cash, Weapon Found In Daura’s House – DSS

No Cash, Weapon Found In Daura’s House – DSS
Former DSS Director-General, Mr Lawal Daura (file)

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied claims that huge sums of money and weapons were recovered from the house of its sacked Director-General, Mr Lawal Daura.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said in a statement on Monday that contrary to the reports, no security agency has carried out any search operation on Mr Daura’s house.

He dismissed viral videos showing cash and other items purportedly recovered from the residence of the former DSS boss.

The videos showed men allegedly from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some agencies moving huge sums of money, as well as sophisticated small arms and light rifles and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

According to the DSS, the videos are not authentic.

“The Service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded. So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG,” Mr Opuiyo said.

He blamed the videos on the machination of some mischief-makers, bent on destabilising the nation.

“There is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the National Assembly.  It may, however, be recalled that the Presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged National Assembly siege,” the DSS spokesman said.

“The public is, therefore, advised to exercise restraint in their narration of events and as such, desist from spreading fake news or engaging in activities that may mislead or further cause a breach of the peace as well as preempt the outcome of investigations.”

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked Mr Daura on Tuesday last week after security operatives barricaded the National Assembly in Abuja, generating controversy and debates.

Mr Mathew Seiyefa was appointed the same day as the Acting Director-General of the DSS.

A day after the incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, wrote to the Acting President informing him that preliminary investigation showed that Daura acted unilaterally for personal reasons and in favour of some top politicians.

The IGP recommended, among others, the search of Mr Daura’s house. He also recommended the interrogation of operatives that participated in the siege and a search of their homes as well as analysis of their phones and computers.

 

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.

NASS Siege: IGP Writes Osinbajo, Recommends Search Of Daura’s House

Mr Lawal Daura (inset) was fired, arrested and questioned as a result of the siege on the National Assembly

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has written a report on Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Premium Times reported on Thursday.

A copy of the report uploaded by the online newspaper showed that the report, personally signed by the IGP, was dated August 8, 2018, and entitled ‘NASS Siege: IGP Writes Osinbajo, Recommends Search Of Daura’s House’.

In the report, the IGP accused sacked Director-General of the Department of State Security, Mr Lawal Daura, of abusing his office and working for “some highly placed politicians” and for “selfish interest”.

The IGP, who confirmed Mr Daura’s arrest in the report, informed the Acting President that he was undergoing further interrogation in Garki, Abuja.

“It is crystal clear that the principal suspect, Lawal Musa Daura, may be acting the script of some highly placed politicians to achieve selfish political goals, hence his unilateral and unlawful decision to invade the National Assembly Complex,” the report read in part.

Osinbajo and IGP

 

The IGP said Mr Daura claimed he deployed the operatives of the DSS based on intelligence report “that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly Complex”.

He, however, said the fired DSS boss did not share the information with the Acting President, the Police or other sister security agencies.

He also said the deployed DSS operatives who were masked “acted like mercenaries, hired to carry out executions”.

The report also faulted the claim that the deployment was based on “intelligence report” saying, “The claim of purported intelligence report by the suspect cannot be substantiated as the personnel deployed were not EOD (Explosives Ordinance Department) experts or specialist in this regard”.

NASS Blockade: Lawmakers Demand Full Investigation, Prosecution Of Culprits (Full Text)
The IGP says the masked DSS who illegally barricaded the National Assembly “acted like mercenaries, hired to carry out executions”.

Based on the findings, the IGP recommended that DSS operatives that “invaded and barricaded” the National Assembly complex should be released to the police investigating team for questioning.

He added that “there is need to search the houses and premises of all identified suspects” and that “all communication gadgets such as computers, mobile phones and electronic devices of the suspects will be thoroughly analysed”.

Daura’s Sack: Osinbajo Did The Right Thing – Saraki

Daura’s Sack: Osinbajo Did The Right Thing – Saraki
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (file)

 

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for doing what was right, following the termination of the appointment of Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura.

Senator Saraki gave the commendation on Wednesday at a press conference in Abuja, while reacting to the barricade of the National Assembly by security operatives.

“I thank the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday,” he said in a statement jointly signed by him and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

“His (Osinbajo) decisive action went a long way towards restoring confidence. It sent a powerful message – that the DSS cannot be recklessly deployed against institutions of our democracy. Mr Acting President did the right thing.”

 


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The Senate President noted that the path of leadership was not by party, stressing that such must be commended wherever it was found.

He, however, however, said the damage control so far does not address the question of how such an incident happened in the first place.

Saraki Convenes Emergency Meeting Of National Assembly Leadership
(File) Senate President Bukola Saraki speaks during a plenary at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

Saraki advised the Federal Government to concentrate more on moving the nation forward rather than what he described as a ‘show of force’.

He said, “So many rungs of the ladder that we are supposed to have ascended as a nation but instead, we are swallowing in impunity and illegal show of force, all of which retard our progress.”

Dr Saraki also described the barricade as an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate against the provisions of the law.

He stated that while much was expected of the nation, the individuals were allegedly seeking control at all costs and not considering the injury to democratic norms.

The lawmaker, however, commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for responding to the incident promptly, although the damage control was not enough to address the matter.

He also thanked Nigerians for their reaction and vowed that the National Assembly would not relent in its effort of fighting impunity and injustice in the country.

Saraki said, “Some of you may recall that about two years ago or three years ago, I stated that there was a government within this government, to a purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for.”

“Despite the threat to our lives, we shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country. Happily, by the actions that Nigerians took yesterday, they demonstrated our strong resolve as a nation not to give ground to oppression,” he added.

DSS DG’s Sack: Osinbajo Did What Is Right – Presidential Aide

Ijaw Youths Urge Osinbajo To Fulfil His Promise
File photo

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, says Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did the right thing by sacking the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura.

Senator Ojudu said this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, following the termination of Daura’s appointment after security operatives prevented lawmakers and others from entering the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

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“He (Osinbajo) has just done what is right in the circumstance and not after praise,” he said on Wednesday.

“We were shocked to see the DSS operatives at the National Assembly, particularly hooded and it was very embarrassing to the Acting President and we then went out to seek information.”

The presidential aide noted that the decision of the DSS DG might be as a result of a misleading information or report of complicity within the security agency.

He, however, said Daura ought to have sought the consent of Professor Osinbajo who is acting as the Chief Security Officer of the nation in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is on vacation.

NASS Siege: Presidency Insists Osinbajo Not Informed, Denies APC's Involvement
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Abuja on August 8, 2018.

 

Ojudu said, “The Acting President was not informed, he was not told. If you are going to take such a measure as a security chief, you need to consult with the Commander-in-Chief of the country.”

“If you sensed that trouble was coming and you then decided to barricade, the Chief Security Officer of the country needed to be informed and consulted. Then he would tell you whether it is right to do so or not right to do so,” he added.

When asked if President Buhari was consulted before Daura was sacked, the presidential aide noted, “The Acting President is the Acting President; whether he (President Buhari) was consulted or not, I don’t think it is important in this matter.”

“What is important is that the Acting President finds something that does not augur well for our democracy and he acted quickly and reassured Nigerians and the rest of the world that our democracy is on course,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo directed the termination of Daura’s appointment on Tuesday after the security operatives barricaded the National Assembly.

The invasion had sparked criticism across the country, including reactions from the National Assembly leadership and some PDP leaders.

Daura’s Sack A Step In The Right Direction – Ortom

 

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has described the sack of the Director General of Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura as a step in the right direction.

According to him, the sack was long overdue following the manner in which Mr Daura ran the service.

He said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Tuesday.

Ortom, therefore, urged the Presidency to also investigate operations of other security agencies to save the country from what he described as the current wave of impunity.

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Earlier, he condemned the blockage of the National Assembly by men of the Nigerian Police Force and DSS.

The security officials had stormed the Assembly complex in the early hours of Tuesday, barricading the entrance and preventing lawmakers from getting in.

Journalists were also barred from entering the complex with the DSS officials claiming that the blockage was an order “from above.”

Shortly after the incident, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, ordered the immediate sack of Mr Daura.

He was thereafter replaced by Matthew Seiyefa.

[UPDATED] Matthew Seiyefa Replaces Lawal Daura As DSS DG

 

Matthew Seiyefa has replaced Lawal Musa Daura as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State, was until the appointment the Assistant DG.

He was also the Director of the National Institute of Strategic Studies in Abuja.

With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States.

Shortly after the new appointment, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, held a meeting with the acting DSS DG and the Chairman of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

Osinbajo had ordered the termination of Daura’s appointment hours after officials of the DSS stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday.

They barricaded the entrance, preventing lawmakers from getting in.

Journalists were also barred from entering the complex with the DSS officials claiming that the blockage was an order “from above.”


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Angered by the move, the lawmakers alleged that it was an attempt to aid the impeachment of Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

While the PDP had earlier accused the APC of having plans to impeach the Senate President and forcefully take over control of the National Assembly, the APC has since distanced itself from the incident.

National Chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole had on Wednesday, called for Saraki’s impeachment following his defection to the PDP.

However, the APC today, said Oshiomhole had nothing to do with the developments.

NASS Blockage: Osinbajo Sacks DSS Boss, Lawal Daura

Former DSS Boss, Lawal Daura.

 

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Musa Daura.

The termination of Daura’s appointment, according to a statement signed on Tuesday by Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, is with immediate effect.

Daura has since been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.

Daura is however in a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, currently holding at the presidential villa in Abuja. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is also in the closed-door meeting.

The termination of Daura’s appointment comes few hours after security officials stormed the premises of the National Assembly barricading the entrance.

The masked security operatives and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrived at the National Assembly very early on Tuesday morning and prevented lawmakers, members of staff of the National Assembly and journalists from entering the complex.

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Buhari Mourns Lt-Col Abu-Ali, Others, Says Sacrifices Won’t Be In Vain

Buhari, Saudi, Suicide BombingPresident Muhammadu Buhari says the sacrifices of fallen officers and men in the war against terrorism in Nigeria would never go in vain, and that their memories would be eternally etched in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens for whose sake they laid down their lives.

President Buhari was reacting to the death of Colonel Abu-Ali, one of Nigeria’s finest and bravest soldiers in recent history.

He said in a condolence statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, that he was rudely shocked by the news of the officer’s death along with other gallant soldiers during an encounter with the Boko Haram bandits in Borno State.

According to the President, “a courageous commander does not only give orders, but also joins his men to fight the battle, no matter the risks or the obvious danger”.

He explained that the late Colonel Abu Ali “was an extraordinary officer who inspired respect and adoration among those he commanded”, adding that “one of the greatest attributes of a war hero is the ability to help your troops overcome fear in the face of danger”.

President Buhari said that the late Lt-Colonel Ali and his other fallen colleagues had brought glory to the Army and the country for laying down their lives for the sake of others.

In his passionate condolence to the families of the victims and the Nigerian Army, the President also noted that their heroic sacrifices were “so immeasurable that no words can do justice to their patriotism and remarkable courage”.

President Buhari, who personally called Ali’s father, Brigadier-Gen. Abu Ali (Rtd) to console the family, reassured them that the death of Ali and others in battle would never go in vain. “He was a gallant soldier, never to be forgotten. He has brought a good name to the family,” said the President.

He then called on members of the armed forces not to let the tragic incident to dampen their morale and spirit, adding that under no circumstances should the Boko Haram terrorists be allowed to destroy the will of our troops.

He said “evil should not be given any chance to defeat good and humanity”, and that “members of our armed forces should remain formidably united in the war against terrorism”.

Meanwhile, the President has appointed a high powered delegation to be led by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, that includes the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and the Minister of State Solid Minerals Development, Baba Buhari to represent him at the funeral of Colonel Abu Ali and others on Monday November 7, 2016.

Lt-Col Abu-Ali was among the five soldiers killed when suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops repelled the attack and killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists.

However, the five soldiers lost their lives while other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter.

Lt-Col Abu-Ali was the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion.

Defence Minister Mourns Lt-Col Abu-Ali

Defence Minister Mourns Lt-Col Abu-AliNigeria’s Defence Minister, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, has described the death of Lt-Col M Abu-Ali as tragic and an unfortunate development in the theatre of operations.

The Minister received the sad news of Ali’s death while in Sokoto and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the war hero an eternal rest.

The Minister described Lt-Col Abu-Ali as a major pillar in the war against terrorism and insurgency in the North East.

He also expressed his condolences to the father of the deceased, the Etsu of Bassa- Nge Kingdom (Kogi state) Brig Gen Abu-Ali (Rtd), his young family and the Nigerian Army.

Lt-Col Abu-Ali was among the five soldiers killed when suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops repelled the attack and killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists.

However, the five soldiers lost their lives while other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter.

Lt-Col Abu-Ali was the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion.

Interior Minister Recommends Ways Of Stopping Attacks On Soft Targets

Bomb-blastThe Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau, has recommended an effective collaboration and information management strategy among security agents to reduce internal security threats in Nigeria to its barest minimum.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute of Security Studies, General Danbazau says the attack on soft targets such as markets, motor parks and public places has made the centrality of information management and inter agency synergy a necessity.

He urged officials of the various security agencies to establish and develop means of coordination that would be efficient and difficult for agents of mischief to penetrate.

“Primarily, it is my opinion that we must centralise information management and increase the level of collaboration between aspects of the Nigeria security infrastructure.

“Without a doubt, we are faced with the threat of terrorism and insurgency.

“The major characteristic of these threats to our national security, a major challenge to the intelligence services, is that these threats always come unexpectedly and are generally highly unpredictable,” he told the officials.

‎Participants at the course were drawn from various security agencies and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, asked the graduating students to be change agents in their various agencies.

“I urge you very strongly to sustain your learning in order to ensure effective and sustained application of your newly acquired knowledge in managing the menace of security and strategic challenges you will be confronted with in the years ahead. This is the only way to justify the huge investment the nation has made on you,” he told them.

The Executive Intelligence Management Course, which is the ninth in the series organised by the Institute of Security Service, attracted participants from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Custom Service, Nigerian Navy, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission‎ and the Department of State Services among others.

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Military Location In Northern Borno 

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Military Location In Northern Borno Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops repelled the attack and killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists.

However, five soldiers were killed in the attack while other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter.

One of those killed in action, according to Colonel Usman, was the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali.

The Army spokesman said that because of Colonel Ali’s exceptional bravery and gallantry, he was recently given an accelerated promotion from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and was decorated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai at Gamboru Ngala on September 9, 2015 during an operational visit.