Following the invasion of thws e national assembly on Tuesday by masked officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sacked the agency’s director-general, Lawal Daura.
Nigerians woke up to the news that lawmakers and staff of the national assembly were being prevented from entering into the premises of the assembly. There was shock and anger as citizens criticised the federal government for what was considered a heavy-handed tactic aimed at effecting the impeachment of senate president, Bukola Saraki.
A statement by his media spokesman, Laolu Akande, revealed that the acting president “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.”
The announcement was greeted with excitement on social media but questions still abound.
- Who sanctioned the move? Did Daura act alone without the input of any government official?
- Did he break any laws by his actions?
- How do we prevent a recurrence?
Several other questions remain. The FG may do well to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the siege on the national assembly and make its findings public.