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Nigeria's secret police chief dismissed after parliament blockade

08 August 2018

Hooded armed men from the police and Department of State Service (DSS) filtered access to the two chambers - the Senate and House of Representatives - on Tuesday morning, preventing lawmakers, workers, journalists and other visitors from entering.

However, Idris was said to have turned down the request, saying he already has enough officers on ground manning the National Assembly.

Daura was also said to have cancelled the regular meeting of the DG with state directors, the traditional channel for briefing his office on security issues around the country and the forum for top level evaluation of operations.

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According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the presidency is completely unacceptable.

The lawmaker made the allegation in an interview with Thisday on Tuesday at the lobby of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Federal Government has named the most senior director in the Department of State Service (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, as the acting Director-General of the service.

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Seiyefa enlisted into the Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) in 1984 after completing his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at the School of Islamic and Legal Studies (SILS) Kano.

49 senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have appended their signatures against the failed attempt to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Parliament went on recess last week until September 25 but meetings were to be held on Tuesday.

Seiyefa had held a meeting with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa after the sacking of the Former DG Lawal Daura.

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Nigeria's secret police chief dismissed after parliament blockade