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Saraki Should Step Down For Sake Of Morality – Sagay |The Republican News

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), has called on Senate President Bukola Saraki to vacate his seat for the sake of morality.

Sagay said this on Thursday during a telephone interview with our correspondent.

The senior advocate said having a member of the minority party as the President of the Senate was an aberration anywhere in the world.

He, therefore, asked Saraki to give up the seat and then re-contest the position next year if he wins on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The PACAC chairman said, “Saraki’s refusal to step down is a moral issue. The constitution does not specify that the Senate President must be a member of the majority party. All it states is that the majority of those sitting at the Senate will elect a Senate President.

“But by convention, there is no party that is in the majority that will allow a member of the minority party to lead. Now that he has crossed over to the PDP, he is morally bound to step aside and then re-contest as a PDP candidate.

“I am advising him to step down. Morally, he has no right to be there and if he is a man of honour and integrity, who has self-respect, he should not remain in office.”

Sagay also hailed the EFCC for probing the past leadership of the DSS.

He also dismissed insinuations that the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahaim Magu, was not in the best position to probe the DSS having been rejected by the Senate based on a recommendation by the DSS.  (Punch)

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Former DSS DG, Lawal Daura Released From Custody, Passport Confiscated |RN

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Ex-DSS boss,  Lawal Daura released from custody

Intelligence authorities have released Lawal Daura and confiscated his international passport, acceding to a report.

The top spy chief was disgraced out of office and taken into custody on Tuesday after ordering the deployment of SSS operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly.

Mr Daura was released on Wednesday evening from a guest house run by the Department of State Services in Gwarimpa area of Abuja where he had been placed on house arrest since Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo ordered his dismissal on Tuesday. The presidency said the deployment of the SSS officials to the National Assembly was unauthorised.

The presence of masked SSS agents who prevented federal lawmakers and staff members from entering the parliament drew nationwide outrage on Friday morning. By afternoon, Mr Osinbajo, apparently incensed by the images of the ensued fracas being beamed across the world, ordered Mr Daura’s instant dismissal from service.

He was also asked to be remanded in custody, following allegations he might have committed some of the gravest heist and betrayal in Nigeria’s national security history.

He was initially reportedly taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad facility in Guzape neighbourhood, Abuja, where he spent time answering questions for his highly controversial tenure at the secret police.

Later on, he was moved to one of the numerous guest’s houses run by SSS around the Federal Capital Territory. Specifically, he was detained at a building in Gwarinpa, a massive residential community filling the northwestern corridor of the capital, security sources informed of the matter said.

“He was given his phones and released to go,” a source said. “But his international passport was taken from him.”

It was not immediately clear where Mr Daura is currently putting up, but security sources said he would not be able to go under the radar given the intensity of surveillance already placed on him.

His two known telephone lines were still switched as at the moment this story was ready for publication. The SSS has not had a spokesperson since September 2015, shortly after Mr Daura took over, despite demands by media advocates.

The police did not return requests for comments about when Mr Daura was handed over to the SSS and other details surrounding his interrogation.

Although specific allegations against Mr Daura are still being tidied by law enforcement authorities, the major crux of why he might be facing charges weighs heavily on corruption allegations.

Already, one of his closest associates at the SSS has flipped on him, recounting gruesome details of fraudulent activities allegedly executed by Mr Daura to newsmen over the past 24 hours.

It was also learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is after Mr Daura, but details of that are still fuzzy as on Thursday morning. A spokesperson for the EFCC did not return requests for comments.

Multiple security sources are, however, not optimistic about the possibility of EFCC taking Mr Daura into custody, much less filing charges against him. This is not necessarily because they feared Mr Magu might be trying to avenge Mr Daura’s thwarting of his confirmation by the Senate, but because it would be a major flight from a longstanding culture in the security circles.

“No serious service will release its men to other services for investigations and prosecution,” a security source said. “Except there is an executive order from above.”

The EFCC has moved against security chiefs in the past, including former Inspector-General Tafa Balogun and service chief under President Goodluck Jonathan, but the presidents reportedly signed off on these.

Whether Mr Osinbajo has asked the EFCC to probe Mr Daura was unclear. The presidency did not immediately return requests for comments Thursday morning. (Punch)

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Sack Of Ex-DSS Boss, Daura, A Unanimous Decision – Femi Adesina

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Former DSS DG, Lawal Daura

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday said the Tuesday sacking of Mr Lawal Daura as the Director-General of the Department of State Services was a unanimous decision.

He said there was no way the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, would have taken the decision without unanimity with President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation.

Adesina gave the explanation while answering questions from State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said since there was no power tussle between the two leaders, he expected that the decision would be a unanimous one.

The presidential spokesman added that Osinbajo, being a decent man, would have done the needful before taking the decision.

He reiterated his position that the Presidency remains one.

Adesina said, “What we will like to say for the umpteenth time is that the Presidency is one.

“Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation, he transmits power to the Vice President, who then becomes the Acting President. On this occasion, he also did that. So, the acting President has all the powers of a President.

“Now, it is a matter of decency and we know that the acting President is a decent man. There is no tussle for power, there is no tough battle between him and the President.

“When something like what happened yesterday (Tuesday) will happen, there will be unanimity.

“There is no way there won’t be unanimity on that kind of decision. It is not something that will be discussed with the press, but know that there was unanimity in the decision.”  (Punch)

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