Scores killed as gunmen stop Gov, DSS, Army from entering Adamawa town

Scores of persons are feared killed in a communal conflict in Tigno town of Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. Samuel Danga and Usman Babale, both residents of the area, told NAN on Saturday in Yola that the incident sparked off by misunderstanding between two youths. They said that many people lost their lives from gunshots, while several houses, shops and filling stations were destroyed. DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, spokesman of the Adamawa State Police Command, also confirmed the development. Nguroje said the command…

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Buhari sacks Seiyefa as acting DSS boss, appoints Bichi

President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Mathew Seiyefa as acting Director General (DG) of the Department of State Services (DSS). The President has replaced Seiyefa with Yusuf Magachi Bichi as new DG of the secret service. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday said the appointment is with effect from September 14. Following the sack of Lawal Daura as Chief Executive of the DSS, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo appointed Seiyefa in acting capacity on August 7, 2018. Daura was sacked for approving…

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Buhari appoints new DSS boss

Dss operatives

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Service. This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa who was appointed by then Acting President, Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo as Acting Director-General of DSS following the sack of Lawal Daura by the VP on August 7. Garba described the new substantive DG of DSS as a core operative of the secret service. The statement read, “President Buhari…

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At last, DSS gets official spokesman

Dss operatives

In a deliberate move towards restructuring and reorganisation, the Department of State Services (DSS), has announced the appointment of a Spokesman/Public Relations Officer. He is Mr. P.N Afunanya. The Service did not have an official spokesperson in the last three years that its sacked Director-General, Mr. Lawal Daura, held sway. The development attracted criticisms from critical stakeholders, especially the media, which could hardly access official information from the secret police throughout the period under review. The appointment of Afunanya is coming barely a week after the Acting DG, Mr. Matthew…

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EFCC didn’t recover N21bn, 400 guns from Daura’s home – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday, said no raid operation has been carried out at the home of its former Director-General, Mr. Lawal Daura, since his sack last week. There were reports that a search conducted on Daura’s Katsina and Abuja homes, had culminated in the recovery of N21 billion, 400 assorted arms, as well as Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). But, the DSS, in a statement by Mr. Tony Opuiyo, said nothing could be further from the truth, as it maintained that neither the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…

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JUST IN: No weapon, N21 billion was found in Lawal Daura’s house – DSS

Lawal Daura

The Department of State Services has denied the rumours making the round that a huge sum of money and weapons were found in the house of its sacked Director General, Mr. Lawal Daura. The service said that the rumours emanated from some fake videos which it said were circulated as being the outcome of a search allegedly carried out in the home of Daura. A statement issued by the Spokesperson for the agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Monday, said there was no iota of truth in the allegation…

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Lawal Daura: Discovery of N21 billion, guns, PVCs, has exposed Buhari’s hypocrisy – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the alleged discovery of N21 billion, guns and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ‎at the residence of the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura has exposed the hypocrisy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, added that the discovery has put to question the self-acclaimed integrity of President Buhari and brought its deceptive saintly posturing to a disgraceful end. “The world can now see that the PDP…

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NASS Siege: IGP Writes Osinbajo, Recommends Search Of Daura’s House

DSS at National Assembly

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has written a report on Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Premium Times reported on Thursday. A copy of the report uploaded by the online newspaper showed that the report, personally signed by the IGP, was dated August 8, 2018, and entitled ‘NASS Siege: IGP Writes Osinbajo, Recommends Search Of Daura’s House’. In the report, the IGP accused sacked Director-General of the Department of State Security, Mr Lawal Daura, of abusing his office and working for “some highly placed politicians” and…

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EFCC arrests ex-DSS DG Ita Ekpeyong

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, quizzed a former Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, over his alleged role in the arms purchase deal. New Telegraph gathered that Ekpenyong’s interrogation commenced shortly after his Asokoro, Abuja home was raised by armed operatives of the EFCC. It will be recalled that attempts by the EFCC to arrest Ekpenyong, who was the fifth DG of the secret police some months back,were frustrated by operatives of the DSS. The development almost degenerated into a shoot…

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JUST IN: DSS to review rights abuses, unlawful detention – Acting DG

Mathew Seiyifa, DSS DG

The Department of State Services (DSS) has vowed to return to the part of professionalism, saying the era of human rights abuses and unlawful detention was over. Acting Director General of the Service, Mr. Matthew Seyeifa, gave the undertaking yesterday in Abuja, at a maiden press briefing to unfold his agenda. Seyeifa was appointed acting DG on Tuesday, following the sack of Mr. Lawal Daura, whose three year stint at the DSS, exposed the agency to harsh criticisms. Meanwhile, the acting head of the secret police has pledged to collaborate…

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