Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Reacts to Blockage of NASS Gate by DSS

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the blockade of the National Assembly gates by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) was unauthorized.

He also described the action as a gross violation of the constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted 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.

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A statement issued by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Office of the Acting President, said the action of the SSS was not authorised by the presidency.

Osinbajo assured Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty would be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.

The acting president had earlier sacked Lawal Daura, the Director-General of the secret service and asked him to hand over to the most senior person in the organisation.

Daura was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 2, 2015, following the dismissal of his predecessor Ita Ekpeyong.

He once worked in the service and retired. He was born August 5, 1953, in Daura, Katsina state.

However, after barricading the entrance of the National Assembly Tuesday morning, the DSS operatives have departed the national assembly.

The masked DSS operatives prevented lawmakers from entering the National Assembly complex as early as 7:00 am claiming they were following ‘orders from above’.

After several hours of blocking the entrance, the operatives eventually allowed the lawmakers into the complex without their cars. Journalists and staff were, however, not granted access into the complex.

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The departure of the DSS from the National Assembly comes minutes after the sack of the Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to AFP, Osinbajo described the siege by the DSS “as a gross violation of the constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.”

Daura was directed by Professor Osinbajo to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service. Matthew Seiyesa will take over as the DG of the State Security Service.

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