Acting President sacks DSS Director, Lawal Daura, after NASS invasion

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Lawyers on Tuesday, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, saluted the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), for relieving the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, of his position.

Insiders at the SSS said he is close to retirement, and was indeed billed to proceed on terminal leave later this month.

The Police and operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) had on Tuesday, blocked the main gate of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex. The motive for the blockade was not immediately clear.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande today, Osinbajo said the act is a gross violation of constitutional order and perpetrators would be fished out and punished. But that could not be immediately verified.

A top source quoted by the report said: "What the IGP told Daura was that he had enough police officers and men now manning the NASS and did not need to deploy more personnel there".

Osinbajo had earlier directed Daura to hand over to the most senior director in the agency.

Seiyefa arrived the presidential villa in an official SUV at about 4 p.m., clutching a file.

The acting President, who is a professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, attracted the commendations of his colleagues, who said he had saved the nation's democracy and upheld the supremacy of the rule of law. Osinbajo is acting president for Buhari, who last week left for a 10-day holiday in Britain.

The invasion is believed to be part of plans to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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