The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has accused sacked Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura of gross violation of Nigerian Constitution in Tuesday’s barricade of the National Assembly by DSS operatives.
In a memo dated August 8, 2018 with reference number: CR:3000/IGP-SEC/ABJ/VOL 131/782, addressed to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the police boss apprehended Daura as the mastermind of the siege to the National Assembly, suggesting that he might have acted the script of ‘’some highly placed politicians to achieve selfish political goals, hence his unilateral and unlawful decision to invade the National Assembly.’’
While completely exonerating the police from the invasion, the IGP stated that the force was not informed about the plans and has no pre-knowledge of the barbaric operation by the DSS, stressing that the former DSS boss of working for some politicians in the country for selfish interest.
He also stated that Daura, who has been undergoing interrogation, had confessed to have been the brain behind the illegal siege to the assembly complex. He claimed that he was working on intelligence reports that some persons were trying to smuggle arms and other dangerous weapons into the complex.
Idris pointed out that the sacked DSS boss did not inform the acting president of the so-called intelligence report, neither did he share same with the police and other security services.
“The suspect, Mr. Daura, had, in his statement, confessed to have deployed operatives of the state security service on a claim of intelligence report that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly complex.
“He did not inform the acting President, neither did he share the information with the Nigerian police force or other sister security agencies,” it read.
“So many distinguished senators, members of the House of Representatives and staff of the National Assembly who wanted to access the National Assembly complex suffered humiliation, intimidation and were forcefully chased out of the assembly complex at gunpoint by operatives of the state security services wearing hood and masks.
“It was also established that senators, reps and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly complex.
“Those who invaded and prevented National Assembly members were officers of the state security service,” Idris said in the report seen by newsmen.
Before submitting the report on the role of the police on the siege, the IGP, had, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer Moshood Jimoh, said “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that its personnel were not involved in any way, whatsoever, in the blockade of the National Assembly in the early hours of today, August 7, 2018.
“The Nigeria Police Force will continue to ensure that the rule of law prevails, sustain the unflinching respect, support and protection of all constituent authorities and democratic institutions in the country, while maintaining law and order, protection of life and property nationwide.”