The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has appointed Matthew Seiyefa as the Director-General of the Department of State Services, following the dismissal of Lawal Daura.
Daura was “handed over to law enforcement agents” immediately after his appointment was terminated, a top government official confirmed to FELLOW PRESS on condition of anonymity.
The former DSS boss was in the Presidential Villa when his removal was announced.
“Yes, he was immediately handed over to law enforcement agencies. You know that for somebody that held such an office, he needed to be debriefed and all that,” the source said.
Another source confirmed that Daura was driven out of the premises in a Hilux van belonging to the Nigeria Police Force.
It was gathered that the VP was highly embarrassed by the invasion.
The sack letter it was gathered was prepared even before Daura arrived. It was handed over to him by Osinbajo’s aides, as the VP refused to meet with him.
It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had been complaining of Daura’s antics and would have removed him about two weeks ago but was stopped by some of his aides.
The sack of the DSS boss followed early Tuesday morning siege to the National Assembly by armed and masked operatives of the department.
Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, announced the firing of Daura in a statement made available to journalists.
He said the Acting President had directed Daura to hand over to the most senior officer in the service.
The statement reads, “The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director-General, Department of State Services, Lawal Musa Daura, with immediate effect.
“Mr Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
The siege by the DSS, which began as early as 6am caught most employees of the National Assembly unawares as cleaners, bankers, reporters and others who had business to transact within the complex were prevented from entering the premises.
The security officials used an unmarked white Coaster bus and two black Hilux pickups to block the main gate leading to the National Assembly.