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South & Middle Belt Leaders Allege Plot To Sack Secret Service Boss Matthew Seiyefa

Unic Press UK: The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum issued a statement on Sunday, alleging a furtive plot of the Nigerian government to remove from office the newly appointed Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa.

In the statement of the leaders’ forum, Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), alleged a surreptitious plot of the Buhari administration to remove Seiyefa, saying:

Excerpts of the statement reads: “We ordinarily would have ignored this report but for the clannishness, sectional proclivity and exclusive handling of the security architecture of the country by President Buhari since he came to office in 2015. It is equally not surprising to us that since the President returned from his holidays in London, he has not made a comment on the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS in his absence, which led to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, sacking Daura. Buhari’s silence was a confirmation of our speculation that he is not happy with the former DG, DSS removal,” the Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria, reports.

It was on August 7 that Yemi Osinbajo, who was the acting President at the time, terminated the appointment of Lawal Daura, and appointed the most senior official of the DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, to serve as the acting Director General.

Lawal Daura was sacked over the siege of the National Assembly Complex, Abuja – [the meeting place of the two houses of Nigeria’s bicameral legislative body – by heavily armed personnel of the State Security Service (SSS) most of whom wore a balaclava during an unlawful operation – a blockage of the main entrance gate to the lawmakers’ official meeting place.


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