-The inevitable round-stop for Daura, Sacked DSS Boss
YBTC NEWS-For long now many have doubted the competence of Lawal Daura, the now former Director General of the State Security Service and with the recent charade he put up on Tuesday at the National Assembly, his termination was only imminent bringing his almost a decade career in State security to a “round-stop”.
YBTC news had earlier reported the incident on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 where some members of the Parliament were denied entry into the Assembly by the DSS on orders of its then DG, Mr Daura.
According to a report by The Nation newspaper ( 7th August, 2018), the DSS operatives were acting based on orders from “above”. The siege however was to prevent some Senate-members from entering into the Red Chamber of the National Assembly. It can be recalled that on Tuesday, the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki had called for an emergency joint leadership meeting of the two chambers of the Assembly.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo in response to this contempt of the law , issued an immediate “termination letter” to Mr Daura. For this singular act, the Presidency deserves some accolade .
However, the question is, “was Daura fired for the siege on the National Assembly? Or was he sacked because of his overdued incompetence?”
In addition, Mr Daura was nabbed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. However, his arrest by the EFCC is not strange, considering his recounted fall out with the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu. For one, Magu is still in acting capacity because of Mr Daura . This owing to the fact that the Senate have twice rejected the confirmation of Mr Magu as the Chairman of the anti-graft agency due to alleged “security report” from the DSS.
Similarly, on the 7th and 8th of October, 2016, with orders from Mr Daura, men of the SSS stormed the houses of some Senior Judges of the Federation to arrest them. This raid is arguably one of the greatest record of Human Rights violation pinned to the Buhari- led administration. In a special report compiled by Premium Times of 10th August, 2018, amongst the seven Senior Judges arrested by the SSS, only three were charged to court. “Two of which (Mr Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and Mr Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court ) were discharged. The other Judge, Mr Innocent Umezulike died while the trial was underway. No charges were filed against the remaining four Judges.” The arrest was not only fruitless but full of baseless evidences.Mr Daura should have even been compelled to issue a public apology on this regards.In some quarters, others believe that Mr Daura was only being too overprotective of the Presidency, that was why his termination was effected by the Acting President, Osinbajo instead of Buhari himself.
It is important to note that President Buhari is still away for a 10- day vacation in London.
In his column, dated 10th of August, 2018 entitled “The Daura Affair and Threats to democratic order” published by Premium Times, Jibrin Ibrahim stated that “Lawal Daura was doing what he did because President Buhari allowed him to do it.” If President Buhari had taken a quick action from the beginning, Daura wouldn’t have succeeded in deploying his men to carry out such act. But, despite his countless actions in favour of the Presidency, Mr Daura has only succeeded in denting the image of this administration especially in terms of the violations of citizens’ rights.
Reports from Premium Times have also shown that, that Mr Daura had been in charge of providing security to certain lawmakers in Benue state who issued an unconstitutional impeachment notice to Governor Samuel Ortom. Last week, it was reported that some lawmakers who were not up to the constitutionally required two-thirds majority of the Benue state House of Assembly had issued an impeachment notice to the State Governor after his defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
To cut the long story short, it was this same Daura that was alleged to have arrested a journalist, Jones Abiri. Abiri has been in detention since 2016.
Sacking Mr Daura is absolutely a credit to the Buhari -led administration. It is time for Mr Daura to go back to Daura.
Mr Daura, a native of Katsina state, had served as the Deputy head of security for the “Buhari campaign” during the 2015 general elections. He retired from the State Security Service (SSS) in 2013 under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime and was brought back in 2015 to serve as the the Director General by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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