Dismissed DG DSS acted without authorisation by Presidency – Osinbajo
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has fired the Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura for acting with impunity and without authorisation by the Presidency.
Prof Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, said this in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @akandeoj.
The tweet read: “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’s sack was a result of the siege his men laid Tuesday at the National Assembly complex, preventing the lawmakers, NASS staff, journalists and visitors from gaining access into the complex.
The Acting President who was said to have been riled by the action of the security operatives immediately summoned the DG DSS and other security henchmen to a meeting in Aso Rock. The meeting was brief and it was followed with a bombshell: DG DSS fired! He acted without authorisation by the Presidency.
Osinbajo said the blockade of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services was unauthorised and condemned it as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.
He said that the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency was condemnable and completely unacceptable.
A statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday in Abuja, said Osinbajo assured Nigerians that anybody involved in the act would be punished.
“All persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action,’’ the statement said.
The acting president had earlier sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura over the incident.
He also been asked to handover to the most senior person in the secret service.
Daura was appointed to head the agency on 2 July following the sacking of Ita Ekpeyong by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sixty four year old Daura had worked in the agency in the past and had retired.