I salute Mr president for being decisive on the issue of the sacking of Lawan Musa Daura, the then DG of SSS which is long overdue. Apart from the partisan nature of the operation at the National Assembly today that was preventing Members of the National Assembly from entering their premises to discharge their duties, the man has gone beyond the routine schedule of SSS. This is an intelligence gathering security outfit and makes such intelligence reports to security enforcing agencies of the police or the Armed forces or other paramilitary outfits. In security parlance, SSS is a covert security organization, while the police, armed forces, and other paramilitary outfits are overt security outfits.
In the current brouhaha at the National Assembly, the responsibility of SSS is simply to give advance information to the police that some unscrupulous elements in the National Assembly have hired thugs to cause mayhem when NASS is in session( if at all there is something like that). The police now acting on such intelligence report will either provide security cover for members of NASS or where the evil forces at work will be difficult to contain than in that kind of situation, the security enforcers are at liberty to seal the premises of NASS and shut it for a period of time. Even in doing that, clearance must be sought from the presidency and that was not done. SSS became a law on itself. This is not the first time SSS has acted as if it is above the presidency. Remember the case of Magu, the Acting chairman of EFFC. Here was an employee of the presidency, submitting a damning report on Mr president’s nominee to NASS without submitting it to the president which is the highest act of insubordination thereby totally embarrassing Mr president and giving the impression that the president had no control over his men which sent wrong signals in the polity. I was so saddened and further saddened when he kept his job. We thank God that today his cup is full and has been shown the way out.
I want to believe this act of impunity is not restricted to SSS. A lot of Nigerians expect similar treatment to IG. Because what happened in Benue state is worse than what happened at NASS. The police chased majority members of the house of Assembly and all the staff. It further went on to conduct a kangaroo session where 8 members sat without a quorum, expelled the 22 that were chased out and served an impeachment notice on the Governor. There are other similar infractions of the IG. Maybe his Cup is yet to be full.
Let us hope this is a signal to those in the helms of security outfits that is not going to be business as usual. That any act of impunity will be met with an appropriate sanction.