As the 2019 elections draws closer Nigerians have been witnessing all manner of melodrama ranging from massive decamping from the ruling political party to opposition and the invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Security DSS. While the diminutive Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been breathing hot air over the situation in his party, former Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura has become a victim of his own excesses. Nigerians were taken aback by the unexpected sacking of one of the most powerful men in the country and have tried to fathom reasons for the sudden removal. PowerSteering went to town to unravel the mystery behind the woe that befell the DG of the DSS.
The name Lawal Daura spells different things to different people. In certain quarters he is seen as a benefactor, however in others the man is held in contempt over his antecedents. Recently, the over ambitious Daura invaded the National Assembly and shut down the premises. Some Nigerians thought that he was acting out the script of the present administration however some informed sources have revealed that he was actually the enemy within the camp.
Shedding light on the issue, a retired senior DSS official Abdulwahab Abdulrahman who could rightly be described as Daura’s “right hand man” said beside corruption, Daura repeatedly betrayed President Buhari. In his words, “I noticed immediately we started work that for Lawal Daura it is simply about money. He recalled that in the course of their work and as part of the transition team after Buhari won elections, Daura kept producing fake reports about Ita Ekpenyong (his predecessor) and that he developed the habit of going to Buhari’s influential cousin, Mamman Daura, to report Ekpenyong and gave details of what election committee was doing. That way he said, Lawal Daura warmed his way into Mamman Daura’s heart.
According to him, Daura was never a favorite of President Buhari because of his “antecedents”, suggesting he was somehow imposed on him by Mamman Daura and others close to him. He further stated that after Daura was appointed he was receiving money from everyone including the President’s enemies saying when they resumed work they always close late often by 2 a.m., “what we were doing mostly was: receiving Ghana must go filled with cash brought by enemies of government to him”. He said he would go and get information on plans for the Senate President and leak it to him.
It will be recalled that in the heated days of the National Assembly’s standoff with the executive over the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, it was mostly memos from DSS that the lawmakers referenced as basis of rejecting Magu.
On Daura’s career history, he said the man was from DSS originally, before his reappointment by President Buhari, because he was caught siphoning fuel diesel from the DSS Academy in Kaduna. Before then he was almost sacked when he was state Director in Lagos. Bola Tinubu, who was governor, donated 20 vehicles to aid work of the service in the state; Fashola, who is now minister, was the Chief of staff, Daura took all the vehicles to Kano and sold them off. Daura also had to be secretly removed in EDO state because of how he was misusing staff stipends.
According to Abdulrahman, Daura had no respect for the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, whom he should be reporting to. He also said he never had any respect for the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbanjo.
PowerSteering News Magazine reliably learnt that Osinbajo was outraged when he learnt of the DSS siege on the National Assembly and asked for a comprehensive briefing of what exactly was going on. He then summoned heads of Security Agencies to a meeting with him. The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Daura were there. According to an insider, “When Lawal Daura came in; the acting President asked him who cleared him to order operatives to lay siege on the National Assembly, and his response was ‘shocking’.
Daura not only refused to answer Osinbajo’s question directly, he was disdainful and disrespectful of the nation’s number two citizen and acting president.
“He simply said it’s within his powers and that he is only answerable to the president and Commander-In-Chief who appointed him,” PowerSteering quotes a source as saying.
It was also alleged that the pressure from the International Community on the president while in London on medical vacation made President Buhari to approve the sacking of Lawal Daura. Many are sure that Buhari wouldn’t have been able to sack Daura if he were on seat and face to face at the time this incident took place.
Apart from his murky career history, Daura had at different times embarrassed the Federal Government with his actions. On the third of September 2015, Daura had used officers of the DSS to invade Akwa Ibom state Government House. DSS operatives numbering 48 ransacked the Government House without search warrant. A year after his operatives raided the residence of some judges in Abuja and Port Harcourt at night. Daura was reported to have claimed that the crackdown was aimed at instilling discipline and sanity in the judiciary. In March 2016 he ordered the invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by DSS operatives. He is alleged to have used his office to curry financial favours from many enemies of the country in order to protect them from being prosecuted by EFCC and ICPC.
He was reported to have influenced Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to meet with Abdulrasheed Maina, a man who had earlier been declared wanted by the police over pension fund scam. Daura’s alleged arranged meeting with Malami led to the latter’s secret return to the civil service.
Daura was also accused of disrespect for court orders on ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and the Islamic cleric Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. He was also reported to be fond of using security reasons to determine who to see or not to see or pray with President Buhari. He said to be so power drunk to the extent of even overruling President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo, on some issues.
A typical example was the $43.45 million recovered from Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. When the President appointed Osinbajo to head the probe panel, Daura was said to have openly disagreed with some recommendations in the committee’s report and later raised a memo citing why security funds cannot be probed.
The sacked DSS DG was quite unpopular with staff of the organization as he had stopped payment of Duty tour allowance and other allowances on the ground that he needed to amass sufficient funds for Buhari’s presidential campaign. He similarly allegedly denied directors at the national headquarters of the organization accommodation by converting the houses to personal use. For example he evicted Kayode Are, his predecessor from his No. 50 Alexander Street Ikoyi residence, he allegedly allocated same property to a woman believed to be his mistress.
Daura did not spare the media as Tony Ezimakor, Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent who wrote and investigative feature story on the release of the abducted Dapchi in Yobe state was arrested on the orders of the DSS DG for revealing details the organization found uncomfortable. The accreditation of the Punch Aso Rock correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, was withdrawn because of security reasons cited by Daura. He was once reported to have boasted to media men that if he wants to cause crisis in Nigeria, he could do so within five minutes.
There is a popular saying that; “It does not take long before the day breaks”, the day broke for Lawal Daura on Tuesday, August 7, when he was sacked on the orders of Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, for superintending the unauthorized cordoning off of the National Assembly operatives of the DSS. The development did not go down well with the Acting President who was said to have gotten approval of President Buhari to sack Daura.
There are indications that he might have to explain how he managed N17 billion said to have been allocated to the security organization in the last days of President Goodluck Jonathan and also the payment of ransom to Book Haram insurgents for the release of the Dapchi girls in Yobe state.
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After being dismissed following his summon to the Presidency, he was arrested by the police and detained at a Force Headquarters facility in Garki Area 11 known as FSARS. There, he suddenly took ill as a result of the trauma he suffered following his ignominious fall from power. His blood pressure was said to have shot up. As a result, they promptly sent for his drugs from his office at DSS headquarters and his home. Sources say he is hypertensive and undergoing some treatments.
PowerSteering investigation shows that his initial statement to the high ranking, senior police officers assigned to interrogate him, shortly after his detention, is that he acted based on instruction from some principal officers in the Presidency. They included a retired Army General who is a Minister and a principal aide to the president. This aspect was however missing in the interim report summited to VP Osinbajo by the police.
But following his release by the police on Thursday, he was taken into what has been described in security circles as “protective custody” by the DSS. Investigation shows that his movement to a DSS detention apartment at Gwarimpa area of Abuja was done in order to enable his family who lives in Gwarimpa, not too far from the facility, to have access to him at any chosen time. But that has not stopped Nigerians from calling for his head.
“Without a doubt, the summary dismissal, last month, of Alhaji Lawal Daura, Director-General, Department, State Security, came as a big surprise to many people. It seemed to contradict the world order!,” Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (Rtd), observed in a press statement sometimes in August , 2018.
“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. There was hardly any observer of the turbulent Nigerian political scene over the last several years who still believed that Lawal Daura was subject to any laws not to speak of official code of behaviour.
“Given all the distress created by the actions of Lawal Daura and those caused through his refusal to act, the decision to sack him did not come a moment too soon. And yet, in the interest of our democracy, in order to guard against unexpected threats and conspiracies, the action taken by the acting President must not stop halfway, especially now that Mr. President himself is back from his medical vacation. The government should seek to discover the motives as well as the explanation for some of those crazy maneuvers, many of which simply beg for answers.
The questions should include the following:
1) Where and in what condition are all the assets handed over to Lawal Daura by the immediate past D-G, SS, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong?
2) What are the reasons why Lawal Daura deployed SS operatives and prevented EFCC personnel from searching the residences of former D-G, SS, Mr Ekpeyong and former D-G, NIA, Mr Oke?
3) What is the explanation for the raid on the farm belonging to Ibrahim Magu, Chairman, EFCC, which led to loss of live?
4) Was it not true that Lawal Daura moved to seize and appropriate over forty three million US dollar NIA funds if he was not prevented from doing so by the National Security Adviser?
Why did Lawal Daura continuously and in blatant defiance of the President send false reports to the Nigerian Senate that frustrated the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as substantive Chairman of the EFCC?
Disrupt Election process at the expense of your life,Buhari tells Political Thugs
….. orders military to be ruthless on ballot box snatchers
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned political thugs to behave themselves or face the dare consequences.The president made this known in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari said : I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance, I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hotspots , flash points, they should be prepared to move. They too would have made their own arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford it.
He added that anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it (elections) , maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take. I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.
He also stated that “We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the party. I’m not afraid … As you said, I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have gotten enough support across the country.
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks, he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life. Baba has spoken” he warned categorically.
Nabena to US, UK, EU: Focus on Brexit, election interference probe, not Nigeria
The reported interference on Nigeria’s forthcoming General Elections by some western countries led by the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and countries of the European Union (EU) has been strongly condemned by Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nabena made the condemnations while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday
According to tge APC chieftain, the western nations have enough enough already on their hands, therefore their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they facing them.
“In all elections conducted in the country, we have always welcomed local and foreign monitors and observers. In our view, this is a best practice and geared to ensure the transparency of our elections.
“But comments on our election processes coming from some western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions have been downright meddlesome and tantamount to interference.
“Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such actions by these western countries negate the principles of international law which outlaws interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation by another country.
“While the electioneering process might not be perfect as seen with the last-minute postponement of the General Elections, we must all work together to make it better. Statements and actions by these western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions that erodes confidence in the elections is inexcusable and strongly condemned. As a country, we will always find local solutions to our local challenges whenever they arise.
“The US, UK and EU have enough already on their hands. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they face.” Nabena stated.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, also condemned the last-minute postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He however urged INEC to correct the lapses which led to the postponement to ensure hitch-free rescheduled elections on Saturday.
Timi Frank exposes plot to bomb INEC headquarters in Abuja
…Urges security beef up
The erstwhile Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APCl has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to destabilise the rescheduled polls after the postponement of the Presidential Elections last Saturday, including bombing of Abuja headquarters of the INEC.
According to Frank, the deadly plan is being orchestrated by those who are bent on destroying democracy in Nigeria at all cost, even if it amounts to total breakdown of law and order, or the loss of lives in achieving their agenda.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Frank said the plot which was revealed by an anonymous top lead also exposed the modus for which “the agents of darkness intend to operate.
“Top among the planners includes three serving Ministers from the Niger Delta, Two former Governors and three business men all within the ruling party and benefiting from its largesse.
“Following the postponement of the February 16th polls and realizing that the plan for staggered elections may have been busted, these desperate political crooks are it again devising yet another grand plan to carry out this evil plot against the Nigerian people.
Nigerians may recall the mysterious arson on INEC facilities and building all around the country happening simulteanously days before the elections.
“Starting off with the burning of the INEC office in Quan-Pam, Plateau state, to the burning of Card Readers in Anambra State, to the burning of INEC materials in 5 buses at Akwa Ibom and other INEC facilities nationwide, it will be safe therefore to note that these events are not a coincidence, but rather a grand plot to disenfranchise the opposition strongholds which is currently underway.
“Having realized that the grand scheme of rigging the polls may have been busted by the INEC chairman giving to the postponement of the elections, these desperadoes are bent on doing everything possible in achieving thier aim, including the trauncating of our hard earned democracy for selfish gains.
“We are also aware that the services of some Niger Delta militants is being sorted after in carrying out this dastardly act, even at a time when the region is being faced with its worst times under the current administration.
“These militants are being promised the backing of the military authorities as well as being rewarded handsomely should they succeed in carrying out these attacks.
“I am therefore urging all true sons of the Niger delta to desist forthwith from allowing themselves to be used by this agents of darkness, as no true son of the region will volunteer for such doom, irrespective of any pecuniary gains.
“I would like to thank our foreign partners (EU, UK, US, Ecowas Monitoring group) on the electoral roles already carried out in Nigeria and also urge the US, UK and the EU to continue with its good works and to further beam it’s satellite on Nigeria in the wake of this grave revelation at a time when the country prepares for its General Elections.
“The desperation by this individuals for their paymasters is as deadly as treason committed on the Nigerian nation. Furthermore if this plot is true, then we may be faced with the likely scenario of the “body bags” as suggested by a chieftain of the ruling party on all who may be present at the INEC office including the foreign observers.”
Frank urged the security agencies to beef up security and surveillance around the INEC Headquarters and pleaded with the INEC chairman to remain resolute to delivering his trust and mandate to the Nigerian people on the 23rd of February.
“We are aware of the happenings in INEC including the role to be played by Amina Zakari who is now in charge of Collation and RACTEC unit under the IT Department. Let it be known that any move to frustrate the wishes of Nigerians will be resisted by all peace loving Nigerians.”
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