The newspaper review for Wednesday, August 8, leads with the blockage of the National Assembly by the operatives of the Department of State Services and the subsequent sack of the its director general among other top stories.
The Punch reports that the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, August 7, sacked the director-general of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.
A top government official confirmed to our correspondent on condition of anonymity that Daura was “handed over to law enforcement agents” immediately after his appointment was terminated.
The former DSS boss was in the Presidential Villa when his removal was announced.
“Yes, he was immediately handed over to law enforcement agencies. You know that for somebody that held such an office, he needed to be debriefed and all that,” the source said.
Another source confirmed that Daura was driven out of the premises in a Hilux van belonging to the Nigeria Police Force.
Our correspondent reports that reporters who laid ambush outside for him saw his convoy leaving the premises without him.
It was gathered that the VP was highly embarrassed by the invasion.
The sack letter it was gathered was prepared even before Daura arrived. It was handed over to him by Osinbajo’s aides, as the VP refused to meet with him.
Vanguard reports that the federal government has named the most senior director in the Department of State Service (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, as the acting director general.
This is as the inspector general of police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has exonerated the police from the early morning invasion of the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Seiyefa, from Bayelsa state arrived the Presidential Villa in an official SUV at 4pm, clutching a file and was received at the entrance by the ADC to the acting president.
Shortly after, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, also arrived, and walked briskly into Osinbajo’s office.
This Day reports that for watchers of the power configuration in the Buhari administration, the sack of Lawal Daura, former director general of State Security Services, yesterday was the end of a chapter in a complex power play at the presidential villa.
Recalled from retirement on July 2, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the secret service, Lawal, a close associate of the president from his Daura homestead, was destined to be a major pillar of the power structure of the Buhari presidency.
And in the bipolar struggle for power at the presidency, Lawal understandably aligned with Mamman Daura, an erstwhile journalist and powerful business mogul nephew of Buhari, whose enormous influence on the president is well known.
On the other side of the polar was Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser, who had on his side, Ibrahim Magu, the controversial boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Nation reports that Senate president Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, yesterday blamed the failure of the leadership of the National Assembly to hold its emergency meeting on the invasion of the Assembly Complex by security operatives.
Saraki had summoned an emergency leadership meeting of the National Assembly to hold yesterday to consider the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Saraki and Dogara, in a statement jointly signed by them, said that the meeting could not hold following the invasion of the National Assembly Complex by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).
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