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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacks DSS boss, Lawal Daura, over siege at the National Assembly; UK Government reacts

Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura

Following the invasion of the National Assembly by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sacked the Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura.

Daura’s sack was confirmed by Mr. Osinbajo’s aide, Laolu Akande, this afternoon.

“Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice,” he said.

Osinbajo had this afternoon summouned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and Mr. Lawal Daura, over the incident.

According to Acting President Osinbajo’s aide, he condemned the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly.

“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order.

“According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

According to reports, the move by the DSS operatives was part of an alleged plan to sack the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the APC, had asked him to resign and leave his crown for the party since he left the party.

Also, Senator Adamu Abdullahi had reportedly threatened the senate president to resign or face the consequence if he refuses.

Vanguard reported that after his sack, a combined team of Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), reportedly arrested and detained Mr. Lawal Daura for breaching national security.

The British High Commission in its reaction vehemently condemned the role of the DSS at the National Assembly this morning saying that it would only accept a democratic process that recognizes the rights of Nigerians to participate in a free, fair and credible peaceful democratic process.

“We are aware of media reports of a situation at the National Assembly this morning. We are closely monitoring the situation and other political developments in Nigeria.

“The United Kingdom supports a process whereby the people of Nigeria can exercise their democratic right to vote and be voted for. We favour a free, fair, credible and peaceful process and the independence of institutions, which allow for that,” Joe Abuku, a spokesperson for the UK Embassy in Abuja, told Premium Times.

Armed DSS operatives at the National Assembly

Armed DSS operatives at the National Assembly

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