- Colonel Abubakar Umar, a former Kaduna sate governor, says Lawal Daura was running a parallel government
- He also accused Daura of marching from one audacious act of impunity to another, rudely defying the president and routinely ignoring court orders
- Umar urged the federal government to punish all others who were involved in the National Assembly invasion
The former director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, has been accused of running a parallel government before his sack, by a former military governor of Kaduna state, Colonel Abubakar Umar.
Umar made the allegation in a statement, in which he also commended the federal government for sacking Daura, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that Umar said Daura had carried out various acts of impunity in the last three years.
He said: “In the last three years, Lawal Daura had marched from one audacious act of impunity to another, had rudely defied the president, had routinely ignored court orders and seemed all but successful in carving out for himself, a government within a government in Nigeria.”
He said the decision to sack Daura did not come a moment too soon, given all the distress caused by the former DSS DG, and those caused by his refusal to act.
He added that the action taken by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo must not stop halfway, but that the government should seek to discover the motives as well as the explanation for some of Daura’s actions, in the interest of democracy and in order to guard against unexpected threats and conspiracies.
He also urged the government to ask certain questions, including: the reasons Daura deployed DSS operatives and prevented EFCC personnel from searching the residences of his predecessor, Ita Ekpenyong and former NIA DG Ayo Oke; in what condition the assets handed over to Daura by Ita Ekpenyong are; and the reason for the raid on the farm belonging to the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, which led to the loss of life.
Umar also urged the government to punish all othes who were involved in the National Assembly invasion.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Chief Precious Elekima, protem national chairman of the New African Democratic Congress (N-ADC), described the sack of Lawal Daura as “a hasty decision’’.
Elekima said that he expected the federal government to investigate issues surrounding Daura’s actions in connection with the security siege at the National Assembly, before sacking him.
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