President Buhari felt insulted by Daura’s treatment of Acting President-Investigation
By Adesina Idris
London, August 8, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Multiple sources have told Alternativeafrica.com the arrogance and total disregard that led to the sack of Lawal Daura as the boss of Nigeria’s notorious secret service, the DSS.
Sources in London told Alternativeafrica.com about the fury and anger that consumed president Buhari after he was informed by the acting president, Yemi Osibajo that there was no clearance from the presidency before deploying masked men to the national assembly.
The president was reportedly furious after been told by the acting president the response of Daura when asked to explain why such action could be taken without clearance from the seat of power.
Daura was reported to have told acting president Osibajo that “I am only answerable to the president and Commander-In Chief who appointed me”. This the source said “got badly to the president and needed to show everyone of his appointees that the leadership is one”
“The president has transmitted letter to the senate that Vice President Osibajo is the acting president. He held a meeting with top aides before he left home on the need to accord the VP total authority in his absence. Daura’s action was not just an insult to the acting president but a violation of the order of the president and a total disregard for the office of the president”. The highly placed source said
The source also said president Buhari ordered his immediate arrest after being convinced that Daura “was in play with President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki to embarrass the president
Why DAURA’s removal was celebrated by DSS operatives
Multiple sources at the agency on Tuesday expressed relief over the sudden end to the Katsina State-born Mr Daura’s three years leadership of the SSS which they said was marked by high-handedness and autocracy.
He was said to have denied five senior officials their official quarters in Abuja, instead allocated the facilities to his relations who are not officials of the agency.
Mr Daura was also said to have cancelled the regular meeting of the DG with state directors, the traditional channel for briefing his office on security issues around the country and the forum for top level evaluation of operations.
He also closed the regular channel of communication with the public as he refused to appoint a spokesperson for the agency throughout his tenure.
How DAURA was arrested-Premium Times
Another source at the Villa , who witnessed the drama that followed the directive from Mr Osinbajo, said as soon as his arrest was ordered, the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Mr Osinbajo was seen rushing to the ceremonial gate, where the Mobile Police Force office is located.
“The ADC returned to the VP wing with some mobile police officers in a rush and asked that a vehicle should be brought immediately to the rear area for (Daura’s) evacuation.
“We thought the VP, who is the only one whose convoy uses that place, was about to go out and there was a need for additional vehicle. An SUV was ‘scrambled’ but the ADC said they should bring a tinted Hilux van,” he said.
Meanwhile, the source said Mr Daura ‘s convoy and personal security were waiting for him, like they normally do, at the administration gate (a separate one from the ceremonial gate) not knowing what was going on inside.
“All of them thought the DG was still meeting with the acting president until the convoy was asked to return to headquarters empty,” he said.
Another source, a former director in the SSS who worked with Mr Daura, said he (Daura) is currently being detained at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), in Abuja.
“The fact that he was handed over to SARS and not detained in a guest house (for high profile suspects) should give you an indication of how the government is handling this matter. He is now considered a suspected serious criminal,” he said.
He also said a combined team of both the police and SSS “would have begun interrogating Mr Daura by now.”