- There are allegations that the NASS siege that took place on Tuesday, August 7, was stage-managed by the recently sacked boss of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura and some politicians
- The indicting claims were made by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris on Thursday, August 9
- Idris claimed that Daura and such top politicians tried to use Tuesday's development to embarrass the federal government
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris on Thursday, August 9, alleged that the sacked director of general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, connived with some high-profile politicians to barricade the National Assembly in order to bring the federal government into disrepute.
In a report submitted to the acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Idris sought the permission of the presidency to search the houses Daura and those of other politicians who acted in collaboration with him in the unpleasant development at the NASS complex on Tuesday, August 7, Vanguard reports.
Idris also stated that Daura was being detained in a police facility in Garki and undergoing further interrogation to extract more information on how and why he ordered his men to block the NASS.
The IGP revealed that Daura had told his men that he moved his hooded strike force into the NASS based on intelligence that some unnamed persons were planning to smuggle arms into the building.
The IGP in his findings said: “The principal suspect, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura, was formally arrested and interrogated in line with the allegation made against him.
“Following the interrogation by our intelligence operatives, the following facts emerged: That on 7/8/2018, the suspect Lawal Musa Daura illegally used his position as the then director general of Department of State Security Service conspired with his officers and men who wore hoods and masks, invaded the national assembly complex thereby preventing and forcing the peaceful members and staff of the national assembly from gaining access to the complex without any element of crime committed or an invitation by the leadership of the national assembly.
“That the primary suspect Lawal Daura, illegally used his position as the then director-general of the Department of State Services to conspire with his officers and men who wore hoods and masks to invade the National Assembly Complex, thereby preventing members of the national assembly from gaining access to the complex without any element of crime committed.
“The DSS personnel acted like mercenaries hire to carry out execution… There is need to search the houses and premises of all the identified suspects. All communication gadgets such as computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices of the suspects will be thoroughly analysed.”
He alleged that the intelligence officer conspired with armed masked men to raise in Nigerians sentiments against the federal government. Idris said from the statements the sacked DSS DG made during interrogation, it is possible that he followed orders of “highly-placed politicians”.
He also appealed to the acting president to order that those involved in the plot be released to the force for cross-questioning.
Idris said: “It is crystal clear that the principal suspect Lawal Daura may be acting the script of some highly placed politicians to achieve some selfish political goals hence his unilateral and unlawful decision to invade the National Assembly complex.”
“As it stands, the principal suspect Lawal Daura is undergoing further interrogation at our facility and is currently placed on house arrest at a private property awaiting further directives from Your Excellency.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Senate President Bukola Saraki’s allusion that a government within government exists in Nigeria was a complete fallacy, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) said on Wednesday, August 8.
The group said the Senate president and his leadership should be blamed for what transpired at the gate of the NASS on Tuesday, when some masked DSS operatives mounted a blockade at the gate of the complex.
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