Why Buhari got rid of DSS Boss

By Post Nigeria July 2, 2015 17:10

Why Buhari got rid of DSS Boss

The Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpeyong has been replaced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawal Daura was picked by Mr. Buhari, as the new head of the Nigerian Secret Service.

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi delivered news of the shuffle, in a statement by the Director of Communications in his office.

Daura, a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was born in Daura on August, 5, 1953.

He started his career in the State Security Service in 1982 and rose to the rank of Director.

He was at one time the Deputy Director, Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre, at the Presidential Villa Abuja between 2003 and 2007.

He also served as State Director of Security Service at various times in Kano, Sokoto, Edo, Lagos, Osun and Imo States.

He attended various professional courses both home and abroad including the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru.

The appointment is with immediate effect.

On Monday June 29, the crisis rocking the security agents at the villa, spewed into the public sphere, when Aide de Camp to the President, Lieutenant Colonel Lawal Abubakar directed the Department of State Security, DSS, Officers to vacate the Presidential Villa.

The Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the President, Abdulrahman Mani had issued a counter memo, instructing his men to disregard the directive.

The public however sided with the SSS, sighting parts of the constitution to back-up their point.

Former SSS director Mike Ejiofor during a programme “Focus Nigeria” aired on the African Independent Television, AIT, had reiterated that the SSS remains the sole custodian of the security of the President’s “inner ring.”

Also, the role the DSS played before and during the recently concluded elections, may have earned Ita Ekpeyong the exit door.

The DSS had raided the APC National Secretariat in Lagos, confiscating items, arresting officials, and cordoning off the premises.

When the DSS addressed journalists on the issue, the APC was accused of masterminding a very meticulous plan to rig the elections.

The plan was said to include duplication of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and possessing a back-door entry to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, database.