The sacked Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, has stated that he deployed hooded operatives of the secret service to the National Assembly on Tuesday following intelligence report that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the complex.
Daura said this as part of an interim investigation report submitted by the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim to the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
This comes as IGP Idris argued that Daura carried out the siege on the National Assembly without the approval of the acting president.
“The former Director-General, Department of State Security Service, Mr Lawal Musa Daura acted unilaterally without informing the presidency. He did not share or intimate other security agencies on the unlawful operations,” Idris said in the report.
The IGP also claimed that the purported intelligence report by Daura cannot be substantiated as the personnel deployed were not EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) experts or specialist in this regard.
The unprecedented siege on the National Assembly eventually cost Daura his job, as acting President Osinbajo described the move as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order.
The leaders of both the Senate and House of Representatives joined many Nigerians in condemning the siege as a ‘coup against democracy’.