Emerging report has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is shopping for the replacement of the new Head of the Department of the State Security Services, DSS, Mathew Seiyefa, after his redeployment of top officials in the Service, which the Presidency has frowned at.
Recall, that Seiyefa was appointed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while acting as President, following the sudden sack of Lawal Daura, the former Director-General of the Agency, who was relieved of his job, after ordering a siege on the National Assembly. Although, the Presidency said that President Buhari supported the sack of his kinsman, Daura, there were earlier reports which claimed the contrary.
Seiyefa, who was excited about his appointment, had swiftly moved to curtail the excesses of some of his men, and ordered a nationwide redeployment of top officials of the Service, with the aim of re-positioning the Agency. Some State Directors were said to have been too close to some State Governors, where they were serving. Others were said to have been compromised by the Governors of the States, where they were serving. However, unknown to the Acting DG, the Presidency did not buy his ideas of re-positioning the Service, and has ordered the Acting DG to quickly reverse the recent redeployment of the top officials of the Agency.
Also, a source revealed that President Buhari has handpicked a Retired General, who is a serving Minister, and considered to be a loyalist, as a replacement for Seiyefa. Recall, that immediately he was appointed, Seiyefa gave a hint that he would not toe the inglorious path of his predecessor, at a maiden Press briefing. He promised to review all pending cases of illegal detention of persons, as well as the need to appoint a Spokesperson for the Agency, after three years of blackout imposed by Daura.
He also vowed to significantly improve the Agency’s image from its current infamy, to an Institution packed with professionals in law enforcement, and protection of citizens against internal aggression. Last week, an Associate of Daura reportedly said that the former Head of DSS took the decision to invade the National Assembly, after consulting with relevant authorities. The Associate also stated that Daura took all actions in national interest, through a collective responsibility, including involvement of principal officers of sister Agencies, even though he promised not to disclose on whose authority he relied on, to lay siege to the National Assembly.