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Aisha Buhari’s ADC, Sani Baba-Inna Released From DSS Detention |RN

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly released the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha.

The First Lady had, last Friday, accused her ADC, Sani Baba-Inna of fraud.

Mrs Buhari said Mr Baba-Inna collected cash gifts totalling N2.5 billion from politicians and businesses over three years but kept it to himself. She asked the police to retrieve the money, and publicly asked persons who may have given money to Mr Baba-Inna to demand same from him.

However, police investigations, according to sources in the police, failed to trace such huge amount to the ADC.

Dissatisfied, Mrs Buhari reportedly asked the DSS to take over the case.

Spokesperson of the service, Peter Afunanya, who confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said investigation was in progress.

Mr Baba-Inna’s elder brother, Farouq Baba-Inna, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon that he has been released.

“He has just been released and I am on my way to see him,” he said.

A call to Mr Afunanya was not answered and is yet to be returned as at press time.      (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Buhari Names Magaji Bichi As New DSS DG, Refuses Matthew Seyeifa |RN

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President Muhammadu Buhari

By Ike A. Offor

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from 14th September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, as the new Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS)

According to the pres release from Presidency, the appointee is a core Secret Service operative.

They also released his academic background and all courses he attended.

According to the statement, Bichi attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.

This appointment is against the backdrop of suspicions that Buhari will not accept the acting DSS DG, Mr Matthew Seyeifa, due to the fact that he is from the South-South. Those who had this suspicion will now have more reason to believe that Buhari does not want anyone from the Southern Nigeria to head any position as sensitive as DSS or other important security post.

In th course of his career, Mr Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jgawa, Niger, Sokoto, and Abia States.

He has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College

The new DSS chief comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management.

Mr Bichi was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate  of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.

He also served as the Director of States Service Academy.

He is  married with two children.

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Acting DSS Chief, Seiyefa Bows To Presidency, Recalls Redeployed Officers |RN

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Olusola Fabiyi and Simon Utebor

 

The acting Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr Mathew Seiyefa, has recalled officers he transferred out of the headquarters of the agency when he resumed office on August 1.

The decision to recall the officers followed the open directive given Seiyefa by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, who was said to have scolded the new DSS boss for carrying out reorganisation in the agency without clearance from the Villa.

Seiyefa became the acting DG of the Service following the shocking sacking of its erstwhile DG,  Mr Lawal Daura.

The then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who sacked Daura, ordered him to hand over to the most senior officer in the agency.

Daura, who hails from Katsina State, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, was also handed over to the police for debriefing.

President Buhari was not in Nigeria when Daura was sacked.

Daura was relieved of his position because of the role he played in the deployment of operatives in the National Assembly, an action that portrayed the Federal Government as anti-democratic.

It was speculated then that Daura took the action in conjunction with some people in the Villa, without the knowledge of Osinbajo.

Seiyefa, who was then serving at the Institute of Security Studies, Bwari, Abuja, immediately carried out some reorganisations immediately he assumed office.

Among those he transferred were the Director of Operations, Mr Bassey Eteng,  and another Director,  Grace Kentebe.

Both of them were among those that Kyari asked Seiyefa to return to their duty posts.

A source close to the agency told our correspondent in Abuja on Monday night that, “There is tension everywhere because the directive has been complied with by personnel, most especially by those who instigated it.

“Both Eteng and Kentebe have reported. Personnel morale is at its lowest ebb.

“Even quite a significant number of the personnel of northern extraction are not happy with the Chief of Staff because they said himself and the ousted DG had not been good to the service.

“Meanwhile, there is every possibility that the service may witness an unprecedented protest against the undue interference in the affairs of the service by the Chief of Staff to the President.”

Our correspondent gathered that the Presidency had yet to decide on whether to confirm Seiyefa or appoint another officer as a replacement for Daura.

Some members of the Presidency cabal were said to have been making moves aimed at frustrating the confirmation of the acting DG because of political interests.

The aides of the President, who were said not to be happy about the unceremonious sacking of Daura, were also said to be lobbying to have a say in who would replace him.

Daura, it was gathered,  had nominated Eteng as a “worthy successor” and could be useful to the cabal ahead of the 2019 elections.

The cabal is believed to be considering other options, including the possibility of appointing a substantive DG outside the service.

Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide has faulted the alleged moves by the Presidency to remove Mr Matthew Seiyefa as the DG of the DSS and reinstate the sacked Lawal Daura.

The President, IYC, Mr Eric Omare, said, “While the IYC recognises the fact that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has the power to hire and fire head of security agencies in the country, we wish to state that the President also has a corresponding mandatory constitutional duty to ensure that such appointments are in line with the Federal Character principle.

“As of today, Seiyefa is one of the few heads of security agencies in Nigeria from the southern part of the country, hence it would amount to grave violation of the Federal Character principle of the constitution to replace Seiyefa, who was appointed less than a month ago, with a northerner as alleged.

“Consequently, the IYC strongly calls on President Buhari to put a stop to the Satanic plan by the Presidency cabal to replace Seiyefa as Director General of the DSS because there is no basis for it. Seiyefa is doing a great job in repositioning the SSS and what he deserves is encouragement from the Presidency and not a replacement.”   (Punch)

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Buhari’s Men Plot Oust Of Acting DSS Boss, Southern Leaders Angry |RN

                                          DSS Acting DG, Mathew Seiyefa

•  Cabal shortlists three as Seiyefa’s replacement

Olusola Fabiyi and Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

Loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari have begun moves to take control of the Department of State Services ahead of the 2019 general elections, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday.

It was gathered that the loyalists, who were working in tandem with a cabal in the Presidency, had already given the acting DG of the Service, Mr Mathew Seiyefa, a signal that he might not be in office during the conduct of the general elections next year by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Seiyefa, who is due for retirement in July 2019, hails from Bayelsa State.

Buhari’s loyalists are believed not to be comfortable with him, having hailed from a state where the President is not very popular.

Besides, former President Goodluck Jonathan, who Buhari defeated in the bitterly contested 2015 presidential election,  hails from the same state.

“We cannot, therefore, trust such a man to head the security apparatus that is very vital for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, in which President Buhari will still be a candidate,” a source said.

One of our correspondents gathered that since the appointment of the acting DG, there had been serious gang-up against him by a cabal in the Presidential Villa.

It was learnt that members of the cabal had yet to get over the shocking removal of the erstwhile DG of the Service, Mr Lawal Daura, by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) while acting as the President in Muhammadu Buhari’s absence.

Daura is from Katsina State,  the home state of President Buhari.

Osinbajo had asked Daura to hand over to the most senior officer in the agency when he (Daura) was sacked on August 7 for deploying operatives of the agency to block the National Assembly.

The sacking was said to have come to those close to Buhari as a shock.

Members of the cabal, which is allegedly headed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, have remained unrelenting in their determination to have a say in who heads the agency.

The source added that Seiyefa had been asked by Kyari to also reverse all the appointments he made when he assumed office.

A security source said, “Since the appointment of the acting DG, there have been serious gang-up against him by the cabal in the Villa.

“The chief of staff has ordered the Acting DG to reverse all the appointments, warning him to stop further postings.

“The most unfortunate, ugly and unethical development that occurred was the instruction by the Chief of Staff to the President to the DG to bring the lists of all the postings and appointments he has done since his assumption of duty. It is causing serious rumbles in the office now.

“Some officers have been grumbling over interference by politicians in the workings of the agency.”

Those that the DG has been directed to bring back to the headquarters are the agency’s former Director of Operations, Mr Bassey Eteng.

Eteng was recently transferred to the Institute of Security Studies,  Bwari,  Abuja, where the incumbent DG once served as the director before he was appointed to take over from Daura.

Also, another Director, Grace Kentebe, who was transferred out of the headquarters of the agency, had been asked to be returned to the Yellow House, as the office of the DSS is popularly called.

It was also learnt that Kyari frowned on the posting of another officer from Kebbi State to serve as the Chief of Staff to Seiyefa.

It was also gathered that there were some aggrieved members of the agency, who were currently working at the Villa using their contacts within the corridors of power to help the cabal achieve its aim.

The officers are said to be using the Chief Security Officer to Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, to actualise their plans.

Those serving officers, four in number (names withheld) and who are involved in the game plan are said to be in the assistant directorate cadre.

A security source at the Presidency said, “There are some aggrieved elements in my office that are bent on removing him and bring in another person.”

Possibility of Daura’s return

It was learnt that the cabal was also working on the possibility of bringing back the sacked DG.

However, there were speculations that some members of the cabal felt that his return might bring bad blood between President Buhari and Osinbajo.

“How can we reinstate him when he was removed by the acting President, who took the action after reportedly seeking the approval of the President,?” a senior Presidency source said.

Besides, he said that recalling Daura might send the wrong signal to both local and international communities that there was a division in the Presidency.

“Elections are also coming. If we present a picture of a divided house to Nigerians and the international community, we know the opposition will cash in on it to make strong statements,” the source added.

Those shortlisted for replacement

In the event that the plan to restate Daura fails, one of our correspondents gathered that the cabal had perfected a plan to present some people for the position.

It was gathered that one of those on their list included Alhaji A. Kabir, who was once an acting Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund.

Kabir is also a retired DSS Officer.

It was also gathered that the cabal had pencilled up the name of the Minister of Internal  Interior,  Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman  Dambazau  (retd.).

The former army chief played a vital role in the emergence of Buhari in 2015.

Dambazau was sacked by former President Goodluck Jonathan over the role he played in the deployment of troops and the smuggling of the then President,  Umaru Yar’dua from overseas before he eventually died.

It was also learnt that Bassey Eteng is also being considered, in case there were complaints against appointing another northerner for the sensitive position.

It was gathered that both Kyari and Abubakar were playing a vital role in the conspiracy to either bring back Daura or get a suitable replacement.

Authoritative sources said that four other officers were also working with both Kyari and Abubakar in the plot.

The officers (names withheld), are said not to be comfortable with the reforms initiated by Seiyefa since he assumed office.

Another said that the activities of the cabal in the last few days had made working in the service worrisome in the last few weeks.

He said that officers and operatives were worried that professionalism was being eroded in the service.

The source said, “There is serious tension in the service now. Personnel are unhappy that the Chief of Staff to the President is now trying to run the service by intimidating the acting DG, thereby rubbishing the VP, who sacked the former DG.

“What the COS and CO are trying to cover are many. They are holding brief for the sacked DG.”

Efforts made to get the reaction of the spokesperson for the agency, Mr Nnochirionye Afunanya, failed as calls made to his mobile telephone number indicated that it was switched off.

There was also no assurance that a text message sent to the same number delivered.

SMBLF rejects plot to remove DSS boss

But the Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum has warned against a plot by some Presidency officials allegedly led by Kyari, to remove Seyeifa from office.

The forum said this on Sunday in a statement co-signed by its spokespersons, Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).

The group stated that it would have ignored the reported plan to remove Seyeifa “but for the clannishness, sectional proclivity and exclusive handling of the security architecture of the country by President Buhari in the last three years.”

The forum added, “He (Buhari) had defied all protestations from all well-meaning  Nigerians in making appointments into all key and sensitive security positions in sectional and kith-and-kin affairs in a very insensitive and ‘you-can-do-your-worse-manner’ that until the recent sacking of Lawal Daura, 16 out of 17 service chiefs were from his corner of the country.”

The SMBLF noted that the President had not commented on the sack of the former DG of DSS since he returned from his London vacation, stressing that this confirmed the speculation that he was not happy with Daura’s removal.

The group asked the President to prevail on Kyari and stop him from removing Seyeifa, warning that there would be consequences if the South-West and South-South regions were marginalised in the DSS leadership hierarchy.

“The rest of the country has lived with the insensitivity of Mr President in handling the security architecture in the last three years with equanimity.

“It may be necessary not to overstretch it by removing the acting DG and stopping the professional reorganisation in the DSS because it is not in tandem with the ethnic domination script of Mr President. It may turn out the proverbial last straw,” SMBLF warned.  (Punch)

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Senators Sue AGF, DSS, Police For Alleged Plot To Remove Saraki |RN

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Eniola Akinkoutu, Abuja

Two lawmakers, Senator Rafiu Adebayo and Senator Isa Misau, have sued the Attorney-General of the Federation, the police, the Department of State Services, the Senate and seven others in order to stop the attempts to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Senators Adebayo and Misau, who are supporters of Saraki, instituted the fresh court action marked FHC/ABJ/CS/872/2018 before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday.

Other defendants in the suit are the majority and deputy majority leaders of the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate, the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Minority Leader.

In the originating summons filed on their behalf by Mahmud Magaji (SAN), the plaintiffs want the Federal High Court to determine whether in view of the provisions of Section 50(1) (a) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution, Saraki, who defected to another political party as a result of the division in his former party, can be made to vacate his office other than in accordance with Section 50 of the constitution.

Adebayo and Misau, who represent Kwara-South and Bauchi-Central senatorial districts respectively, also want the court to determine whether Saraki can be compelled to vacate his office on the grounds that he is not a member of the political party with a majority of senators in the Senate in view of the combined reading of Section 50 of the constitution and Order 3 Rule 8 of the Senate Standing Orders.

The court was also urged to determine whether the Senate President could be said to have vacated his office by virtue of Section 50(2) of the constitution when he had not ceased to be a member of the Senate or the Senate dissolved.

In a motion on notice filed along with the originating summons, the plaintiffs prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining all the defendants (except the Senate, Senate President and Deputy Senate President) jointly and severally either by themselves, their agents, servants and privies from unlawfully removing the Senate President pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

They also prayed the court for another order of interlocutory injunction restraining the AGF and the Inspector-General of Police from unlawfully interfering with the lawful legislative duties of the Senate President pending the hearing and determination of their originating summons.

Besides, the plaintiffs asked for an order of interlocutory injunction stopping the IG and the DSS from harassing, intimidating, arresting or detaining the President of the Senate in respect of the lawful exercise of his duties pursuant to Section 50(1) of the constitution and another order directing parties in the case to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive matter.

The motion was predicated on seven grounds amongst which were that the agents of the IG and DSS had taken steps to flagrantly breach the provisions of Section 50 by employing their agents to disrupt the plenary of the Senate without recourse to the said provisions.

Other grounds were that the constitutional provision of removal of the Senate President does not empower the AGF, police and DSS to unlawfully interfere with the legislative duties of the Senate by causing a blockade at the premises of the National Assembly complex or using their agents to disrupt the lawful duties of the Senate.

In a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion on notice and deposed to by Senator Isah Misau, he averred that the Senate was a body recognised and established by the 1999 Constitution vested with powers of making laws for the good governance and well-being of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The deponent averred that the Senate held a plenary sitting between July 24 and 27 and that it was presided over by its President and that at the end of the sitting members adjourned till September 25.

Misau claimed that the All Progressives Congress as a platform for the Senate President had been bedevilled by crises resulting in divisions and factionalisation at the federal, state and local government levels.  (Punch)

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BREAKING: There Was No Search, No Money, Weapon Found In Daura’s Home – DSS |RN

                                 Former DSS Chief, Lawal Daura

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

 

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 rumour emanated from some fake videos which it said were circulated as being the outcome of a search allegedly carried out in Daura’s house.

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 that N21bn and the unspecified number of Permanent Voter Cards were found in Daura’s houses.

The videos, which Opuiyo had described as fake, gave an impression that the search was conducted at the residence of the former DG in both Abuja and Daura, Katsina State.

The spokesman for the agency said that there was no search carried out in the home of Daura by any security agency.

Opuiyo said, “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to the circulation of fake information and videos in which several items were said to have been recovered from the Katsina and Abuja homes of its immediate past Director General, Lawal Daura.

“These non-existent items include N21bn cash, 400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles, and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards belonging to Niger Republic immigrants.

“In another video also in circulation, some persons believed to be personnel of a security outfit were seen forcing open safes stocked with money.

“The security operatives were described as executing a recovery operation at the Katsina home of the former DG.

“Consequently, the Service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded.

“So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.

“There is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the National Assembly.

“It may, however, be recalled that the Presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged National Assembly siege.”

Opuiyo asked members of the public to exercise restraint in their narration of events and as such, to desist from spreading fake news or engaging in activities that he said might mislead or further cause a breach of the peace as well as preempt the outcome of investigations.

Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of keeping silent over the alleged discovery of the PVCs in Daura’s house.

A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, had charged the National Assembly to immediately commence an investigation into the veracity of the allegation.  (Punch)

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Saraki In Secret Deal With Babangida, DSS, EFCC, Police – Presidency |RN

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The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki

In an article Friday evening by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Political Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the presidency insinuated that Saraki had been working with retired General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

In the article, titled: “Fifth columnists in our recent history,” Ojudu alluded to some of the happenings during the military regime, which Buhari led, allegedly committed by some of the former General’s lieutenants, but which they ended up heaping on him as reasons for overthrowing him.

Ojudu wrote: “They hired a band of boys within the security to proceed to the house of the revered leader of the Yorubas, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“In the middle of the night, the boys sacked the house, forced their way into his bedroom, ransacked everywhere and broke down his wardrobe.

“They claimed they were sent by the then Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari to go look for some confidential documents acquired illegally by the Chief.

“The Yorubas and another sympathizer of Buhari were outraged. That was the end of the romance between the anti-corruption duo of Buhari and General Tunde Idiagbon and the people.

“They didn’t stop at that they sent another band of marauders to Kaduna. The destination was the home of the Islamic cleric, Alhaji Gumi. Their goal: embarrass the much-respected cleric and set the Muslims against the regime. They succeeded at this as well.

“A couple of months thereafter when they struck and overthrew the regime, these were listed among the offences committed by General Buhari. The people having been deceived applauded them and Buhari adjudged high handed, brutal and a dictator.”

Ojudu said he was not shocked when Saraki visited Babangida after the invasion and blockade of the National Assembly by the operatives of the DSS, adding that his reading of the situation was that the President of the Senate went to brief Babangida on the development.

He wrote: “When a couple of days ago Senator Bukola Saraki visited the gap tooted General in Minna, I interpreted it as going to ask: ‘Oga I hope I am doing well?’”

The presidential aide further listed the invasion of the houses of some judges by the DSS in the middle of the night, the freezing of the accounts of the Akwa Ibom and Benue States Governments by the EFCC and the invasion of the National Assembly and Benue State House of Assembly by the DSS and police as activities carried out with the knowledge of Saraki.

He wrote: “From the shenanigans at the Benue House of Assembly, to the siege on National Assembly, the attack on judges home in the night, the so-called barricade of the Senate President’s house, the laughable kidnap of Boy Dino and ‘his eleven hours on a tree’, the freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom accounts all are scripted, produced and acted by Oloye (Saraki) Productions.”

Ojudu added: “Soon they may come up with a bullet-riddled vehicle and claim that the Executive Producer has survived an assassination attempt. After all, some of the Offa sharpshooters are still at large.

“May God save us from these power mongers.” (Sycamoretimes)

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