According to a revealing report which has sent shock waves around the country, the Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), He also served as a member of President Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation and Chaired the Committee on Intelligence.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed in a statement he issued to newsmen last night. “Of what relevance is whether the present DG of SSS was a member or not of Buhari’s Campaign Committee? Was he a serving officer then? How does being the Chairman of Buhari’s Intelligence Committee disqualify him from being the DG DSS?”
Since his appointment, there have been several criticisms over his choice by the President, including the fact that his appointment was contrary to laid down procedures.
Yesterday, the PDP made further startling revelations, alleging that Daura was not only a card-carrying member of the ruling APC, but indeed headed the Intelligence Sub-Committee of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The allegation was made by the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, at a press conference held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja. He also claimed that the DSS has been harassing members of the PDP, especially in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states since Daura assumed office.
Secondus said: “We want to bring to the attention of Nigerians and the international community that we have observed that the Federal Government and the APC, especially the Department of State Services over the past months have continued to harass members of our party especially in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states where the Independent national Electoral Commission, INEC staff have been detained, coaxed and harassed to write reports on electoral matters pending in tribunals. If they don’t stop, it will end in total breakdown of law and order.”
He called for DG’s sack to pave way for the emergence of a neutral person to take charge of the security agency.