Nigeria president fires intelligence chief for 'blocking parliament'

Lamar Ellis
August 8, 2018

Senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari In a desperate move to carry out their plan have seemingly moved to a private residence on Asokoro Drive, Abuja.

The statement directed Daura to hand over to the most senior officer of the agency.

Shortly after, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, also arrived, and walked briskly into Osinbajo's office.

A combined team of the Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have arrested and detained the sacked Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.

Officers of the Department Of State Services (DSS), had stormed the National Assembly in the early hours of Tuesday, barricading the entrance and preventing lawmakers from entering.

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He described the "unauthorised takeover" of the National Assembly as "a gross violation of constitutional order" and "rule of law".

The sacked SSS boss had, along with the IGP and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, earlier met behind closed doors with the acting president.

The blockade came amid heightened tensions between lawmakers and the presidency.

"We urge Nigerians and the global community to condemn this illegal invasion of the National Assembly complex and the attempt to asphyxiate the legislature as undemocratic, uncivilized and irresponsible", said Saraki in a tweet.

It is not clear if the meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon will still hold after today's turn of events.

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