News break: Osinbajo sacks DSS boss, Lawal Daura

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura.

 Mr Lawal Daura, embattled D-G, Department of State Service (DSS)

Mr Lawal Daura, embattled D-G, Department of State Service (DSS)

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, disclosed this on his Twitter handle, @akandeoj.

The DSS and the Police had locked down the National Assembly on Tuesday, stopping lawmakers and others from gaining entrance.

The Senate leadership had scheduled a meeting to hold in the chambers in the afternoon.

Akande twitted: “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,” Akande twitted.

Operatives of the DSS, wearing masks blocked the gates of the National Assembly this morning, preventing senators and workers from gaining entrance.

Some PDP senators, who were caught in the blockade interpreted it as a move to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the Executive and APC lawmakers of an attempt to truncate democracy.

But it turned out there was nothing like that in the offing as no APC senator was in the National Assembly when they were creating the row outside the gate

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Lawmakers, who came with the hope of attending the meeting, were denied entry into the Assembly by the security operatives.

The lawmakers, elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had dissociated themselves from the security operatives’ actions.

 

By Oluwashina Iyanda

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