DSS warns Nigerians against engaging former DG, Lawal Daura


The Department of State Services, DSS, on Tuesday warned the public to desist from engaging its sacked director-general, Lawal Daura, on behalf of the agency.

The secret police said it has been inundated with insinuations that Daura still wields influence in its internal affairs, months after he was ousted from office.

Daura, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, was fired last August by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after ordering a controversial siege to the National Assembly in a purported bid to force a leadership change.

There have been claims that he still occupies official quarters of the DSS, while remaining highly involved in the affairs of the agency.

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, the DSS said it was aware of the “false” speculation, and warned people to shun any involvement with Daura on behalf of the secret police.

“While the Service debunks this false belief, it warns that any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril.

“The Service will not tolerate acts of impersonation designed to undermine it and will decisively deal with person(s), no matter how highly placed, that may engage in such behaviour.

“The public should, therefore, note this and avoid circumstances under which unsuspecting persons may be,” DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya said in the statement.

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