Ex-DSS DG Daura reportedly released as associates allegedly push for key role

Former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Daura has reportedly been released.

The Nation reports that Daura was released on Tuesday, October 9 and that some of his associates are pushing for him to get a key role in the administration.

A source reportedly said: “He was released on Tuesday and he has rejoined his family accordingly.

“During his de-briefing, he insisted that he acted in the national interest in deploying operatives in the National Assembly. He also described the allegation of being a mole in the government as ‘utter balderdash.’ He protested what he described as maltreatment by the government.

“The Inspector -General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, in his report, claimed that Daura ‘acted unilaterally, without informing the Presidency. He did not share or intimate other security agencies on the unlawful operations’. It is left to President Muhammadu Buhari to decide whether the ex-DSS boss has a case to answer.

“Don’t forget that the sack of Daura was greeted with discordant tunes in the Presidency and Buhari’s cabinet.”

“He has a lot to say but as a former intelligence chief, he will be guided by the ethics of the profession.

“The former DG is only pained by the fact that he was sacrificed and his integrity rubbished. He feels the nation should hear the other side.”

A source within the presidency reportedly said his associates were pushing for him to get a key role in President Buhari’s re-election bid.

Another source said: “Some members of the kitchen cabinet and powerful forces in government still believe Daura should play a key role in the re-election campaign of Buhari.

“Some have recommended him for intelligence back up for the campaign but a few others have made a strong case for his return to security desk like the case in 2015. I think the details of the role he will play will emerge in the next few weeks.”

We earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, September 13, named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS). The new boss is now to take over from Matthew Seiyeifa, who replaced sacked Lawal Daura.

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