HOW FORMER DSS BOSS WAS ARRESTED

** According to a source, as soon as Lawal Daura arrived the Villa, the acting president asked to know who cleared him to order operatives to lay siege on NASS, “He simply said it’s within his powers and that he is only answerable to the President and the C-in-C who appointed him,”

The source also said unknown to Mr Daura, the acting president had already spoken to Mr Buhari. After his response, Mr Osinbajo told his media aide, Laolu Akande, to immediately issue a statement announcing his sack

“The acting president also asked the NSA to hand over the sacked DG to the police for further investigation”. He iis currently being detained at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), in Abuja.

BREAKING NEWS

Senate President Bukola Saraki has given the removal by two-thirds of the upper legislative chamber as condition for relinquishing his position. Saraki disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing a press conference on the invasion of the national assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

JUST IN

The leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are currently in a closed-door meeting with the management of INEC.
The meeting holding in the National Assembly was billed for Tuesday but was foiled by the siege laid to the National Assembly by officers of the State Security Service (SSS). It is expected to discuss pending issues of the election budget and other salient matters.

TRENDING

*. Chelsea have paid a staggering £72m release clause for Athletic Bilbaogoalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of his world-record move to the Premiership club. According to reports, the Blues agreed to make the Athletic Bilbao No 1 the most expensive goalkeeper in history on Tuesday as they look to replace Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois. Lawyers representing Kepa and Chelsea deposited the record fee at 9.22am on Wednesday morning

*. The Benue state government’s bank accounts have been reportedly frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. According to Vanguard, the government accounts were frozen by the anti graft agency on the premise that the Governor’s security vote was being investigated.
The state government is yet to release a statement confirming this report. 

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Donald Trump has warned America’s trading partners that anyone who does business with Iran will not be doing business with the US, after his administration reimposed blanket sanctions. The US president described the new sanctions, which hit Iran’s access to dollars, gold and precious metals, as “the most biting ever imposed”. The US president described the new sanctions, which hit Iran’s access to dollars, gold and precious metals, as “the most biting ever imposed”. “In November they ratchet up to yet another level,” he tweeted. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Cote d’Ivoire former first lady Simone Gbagbo was released from detention on Wednesday after being granted an amnesty for her part in a short civil war in 2011, according to a Reuters witness. The wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept electoral defeat triggered the war, walked out of Abidjan’s Ecole de Gendarmerie in which she had been detained since 2013.
President Alassane Ouattara announced the granting of amnesty to 800 prisoners, including the former first lady of Cote d’Ivoire Simone Gbagbo on Monday.

3. PRESIDENCY:
Femi Adesina, SA to the president on media and publicity, says President Buhari gave his nod to the sack of Lawal Daura, director-general of to DSS. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo fired Daura on Wednesday after the DSS invaded the national assembly.
Speaking with state house correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s federal executive council meeting, Adesina said there was no way such decision would have been taken without unanimity. “What we will like to say for the umpteenth time is that the presidency is one”, he said

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki has denied allegations he compromised Lawal Daura, the director-general of the State Security Service who was sacked yesterday. Mr Saraki has been accused by the ruling All Progressives Congress and its supporters online that he was the one who plotted the controversial blockade of the National Assembly. The lawmaker responded to the claim on Wednesday at a press briefing, which his media office tagged as a ‘world press conference’, saying it was counter-intuitive.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has hailed the resilience of members of the National Assembly over the invasion of its complex by officials of the State Security Service.
Operatives of the SSS had in a perceived bid to aid the forceful removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday blocked the main gate of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex. The lawmakers were, however, able to gain access to their facility after resistance.

6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
An acting Director-General has been inaugurated for Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja. He is Matthew Benabafa Seiyefa, who until his appointment was the director in charge of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), an institution established in 2005 as the cardinal training institution for the SSS. Mr. Seiyefa is the most senior official at the SSS after Lawal Daura who was sacked on Tuesdayon the orders of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. The acting DG, an indigene of Bayelsa State, was director of operations between 2007 and 2010 when Afakriya Gadzama ran the agency.

7. POLITICS:
Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, has asked the United Kingdom to expel President Buhari from London where he is currently. Buhari embarked on a 10-day trip to the UK on Friday. Reacting to the siege laid to the national assembly on Tuesday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Secondus said the president left the country to enable the “nefarious activities out against democracy be executed in his absence”. He accused Buhari of hiding abroad to plan the “undermining of democracy in the country”.

8. POLITICS:
APC has exercised a U-turn in its position on the development at the National Assembly on Tuesday. SSS operatives were joined by police officers to prevent lawmakers from accessing the parliament for several hours on Tuesday morning. The party’s first reaction was to warn critics not to blame its politicians for the siege, saying it was “strictly a legislative matter.” By evening, the APC joined otherindividuals, groups and even foreign diplomatic missions to condemn the attack on Tuesday night. The party described the security agencies’ action at the time as an “unfortunate invasion”

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
Nigerian singer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his music moniker, D’banj, has dedicated a new song to his wife, Lineo Didi Kilgrow. This comes shortly after he revealed on Instagram that has been going through difficult times as a result of his son’s passing. “The past few weeks have been incredibly trying and difficult, but God’s love has kept me and my family going. I can’t thank my team enough and the incredible love from you all. May God keep us all.”

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
Nigerian singer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his music moniker, D’banj, has dedicated a new song to his wife, Lineo Didi Kilgrow. This comes shortly after he revealed on Instagram that has been going through difficult times as a result of his son’s passing. “The past few weeks have been incredibly trying and difficult, but God’s love has kept me and my family going. I can’t thank my team enough and the incredible love from you all. May God keep us all.”

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