SANs salute Osinbajo for sacking Daura, saving democracy

SANs salute Osinbajo for sacking Daura, saving democracy

Nigeria's head of the intelligence service has been fired after security services staged a brief "takeover" of parliament in the capital Abuja, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is out of the country.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is also in the closed-door meeting.

The National Assembly was on Tuesday morning barricaded by the operatives, temporarily preventing lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly from gaining access to their offices.

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Daura was directed to hand over to the most senior officer at the State Security Service, SSS.

Before his new appointment, he was Daura's deputy, being the most senior director in the DSS.

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.

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The presidency in a statement said the obstruction of lawmakers was without its consent.

"The acting President was convinced that the IGP did not mobilize his men to the legislature and that was why he was not sacked along with the DG DSS", the source said. He later left for the DSS headquarters after the meeting to take charge of the security agency. Parliament went on recess last week until September 25 but meetings were to be held on Tuesday.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has described as a gross violation of the law, the blockage of the National Assembly by security operatives from the Department of State Services, (DSS) and the Police. "Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute".

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