Nspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, asking the Department of State Services (DSS)
President Yemi Osinbajo, asking the Department of State Services
to release all the operatives who laid siege to the National
Assembly complex on Tuesday.
The invasion of the National Assembly has already cost Lawal Daura
his job as Director-General of the agency, in addition to leading to
his arrest, detention and interrogation.
However, the Police is leaving no stone unturned in its investigation,
and Idris has now recommended to Osinbajo that the investigation
should proceed to questioning each of the DSS officers who
participated in the operation.
In a letter to the Acting President dated Wednesday August 8, Idris
said facts obtained from the arrest and investigation of Daura
include that he illegally used his position as the then DG of the DSS
to conspire with his officers and men to prevent and force the
peaceful members and staff of the National Assembly from gaining
access to the complex, without any element of crime committed or
an invitation by the leadership of the National Assembly.
Idris said Daura informed neither the Acting President nor other
sister security agencies of the action, and that the DSS personnel
acted like mercenaries hired to carry out executions.
THE FULL LETTER
INTERIM INVESTIGATION REPORT ON CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY TO WIT
TRESPASS, INTIMIDATION AND UNLAWFUL INVASION OF THE
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
WITH INTENT LIKELY TO CAUSE BREACH OF PUBLIC PEACE
I write to most respectfully apprise Your Excellency that on 7th August,
2018, at about 1314 hrs, following a petition letter No. OVP/
SGF/7818/381 dated 7th August, 2018 from your esteemed office to
investigate and report findings against Lawal Musa Daura, the sacked
Director General, Department of State Security Services, a team of crack
operatives headed by Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Baba Umar,
were deployed to respond immediately and take the suspects into
custody for interrogation and further investigations.
2. It was reported that on 7th August, 2018 at about 0600 hours, the
then Director General of the Department of State Security Services, Mr.
Lawal Musa Daura, did conspire with his operatives wearing hoods and
masks, and invaded the National Assembly Complex. They barricaded
the road to the National Assembly and were intimidating members of
the National Assembly and staff by forcefully preventing them from
performing their legitimate and constitutional duties, thereby
committing a crime with intent to incite and whip up the sentiment of
the National Assembly Members against the Federal Government of
Nigeria, which is a breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, hence the complaint.
3. The principal suspect, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura, was formally arrested
and interrogated in line with the allegation made against him.
4. Following the interrogation by our intelligence operatives, the
following facts emerged:-
i. That on 7/8/2018, the suspect, Lawal Musa Daura, illegally used
his position as the then Director General of the Department of State
Security Services, conspired with his officers and men, who wore hoods
and masks, and invaded the National Assembly Complex, thereby
preventing and forcing the peaceful members and staff of the National
Assembly from gaining access to the complex, without any element of
crime committed or an invitation by the leadership of the National
ii. That the suspect, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura, in his statement
confessed and accepted to have deployed operatives of the State
SecurityServices on a claim of intelligence report, that unauthorised
persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and
incriminating items into the National Assembly Complex. He did not
inform the Acting President neither did he share the information with
the Nigeria Police Force or other sister security agencies.
iii. That so many distinguished Senators, Honourable Members and
staff of the National Assembly who wanted access to the National
Assembly complex, suffered humiliation, intimidation, and were
forcefully chased out of the Assembly Complex at gunpoint by
operatives of the State Security Services wearing hoods and masks.
i. On 7/8/2018, the State Security Services, invaded the National
Assembly on the instructions of the then DG Department of State
Services, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura.
ii. It was also established that Senators, Honourable Members and
staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the
National Assembly Complex.
iii. Those who invaded and prevented National Assembly members
were officers of the State Security Services.
iv. It was established that some of them were wearing hoods and
masks to disguise their identities.
v. The said officers of the Department of State Security Services were
all bearing firearms and took strategic location at the National Assembly
Complex to prevent access.
vi. Members of the National Assembly were harassed, intimidated and
their lives threatened.
vii. The Department of State Security Services personnel acted like
mercenaries, hired to carry out executions.
viii. The former Director General, Department of State Security Services,
Mr Lawal Musa Daura, acted unilaterally without informing the
ix. He did not share or intimate other security agencies on the
x. The claim of purported intelligence report by the suspect cannot
be substantiated as the personnel deployed were not EOD experts or
specialists in this regard.
i. The operatives of the Department of State Security Services that
invaded and barricaded the National Assembly Complex need to be
released to the Police investigating team for questioning.