Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Nigeria president fires intelligence chief for 'blocking parliament'

Nigeria president fires intelligence chief for 'blocking parliament'

Sources said the handing over to Seiyefa was being conducted at the Yellow House headquarters of the agency by the agency's director of administration and logistics as Daura was not available at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has absolved his men of blame from Tuesday's blockage of the National Assembly (NASS) by security operatives, saying that the development came to him as a surprise.

Although an earlier statement issued by Akande announcing Daura's sack did not give reasons for the action, it is believed that it is connected to the blockade of the National Assembly by DSS operatives on Tuesday. The DSS is a security arm that is directly under the presidency.

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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.

Akpabio's resignation is seen as a move to force Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign from his office following his defection from the ruling party to the PDP.

Sequel to Daura's summary dismissal, Osinbajo approved the appointment of Mr. Matthew Seiyefa as the Acting DG of the DSS.

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Saraki was also expected to meet with Mahmoud Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Saraki had called a meeting of parliamentary leaders to hold on Tuesday amid pressures on the lawmakers to approve funding for next year's election.

Seiyefa, who came out of the Acting President's office around 5p.m, left the Villa in another auto.

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