Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Former DSS DG, Lawal Daura Released, Passports Siezed


It’s been gathered that intelligence authorities have released Lawal Daura, the defunct DG of the Department of State Security Services, and confiscated his international passport.

The top spy chief was sacked and taken into custody on Tuesday after the siege by operatives of the DSS at the National Assembly.

Mr Daura was released on Wednesday evening from a guest house run by the Department of State Security in Gwarimpa Area of Abuja where he had been placed on house arrest sincehis sack by the Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday.

The Presidency had said that the deployment of the DSS officials to the National Assembly was unauthorized.

The presence of masked DSS agents who prevented National Assembly staff members and Lawmakers from entering the parliament drew nationwide outrage.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo obviously infuriated by the by the negative publicity garnered by the incident, under his watch, ordered Mr Daura’s instant dismissal from the service.

Mr Daura was also to be remanded in custody and investigated for several allegations preferred against him in his time as DG DSS.

He was initially reportedly taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad facility in Guzape neighbourhood, Abuja, where he was to be grilled on the allegations preferred against him.

He was later reportedly moved to one of the numerous guest houses run by the DSS around the Federal Capital Territory. He has since been released and his international passport seized. He however remains under close surveillance.

His known phone lines have been switched off since the incident and the police have not returned inquests into the details of his interrogation.

Although specific allegations against Mr Daura are supposedly still being tidied by law enforcement authorities, he is been heavily accused of corruption.

It was also learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) might be going after Mr Daura, Details are however unclear as at the time of filing this report and the spokesperson of the EFCC is not responding to comments.

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