Nigeria detains sacked secret service boss as opposition warns against coup Updated for 2021


Updated: February 28, 2021

Nigeria has detained Mr. Lawal Musa Daura, hours after the Acting President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, sacked him.

Daura, the head of the country’s secret service agency, was fired while President Muhammadu Buhari is on leave in London.

He was sacked on Tuesday morning, hours after his men invaded the National Assembly complex and prevented opposition Senators from going in.

It was a plot to allow Senators loyal to Nigerian President to remove Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, who dumped the President’s party last week and joined the opposition, according to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who issued a strongly worded statement describing the move as illegal and undemocratic.

Opposition leaders warned that the invasion by Mr. Daura’s men of the National Assembly complex was a coup against democracy. They said democracy might be about to be truncated in Nigeria.

The acting president’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced the sack of Mr. Daura on Twitter.

His tweets were followed by a statement  by the presidency condemning the invasion of the National Assembly by Mr. Daura’s men.

After he was sacked, a special police force detained him in Abuja. He was being detained at FSARS.

His detention was followed by a meeting between the acting President and the head of the anti corruption agency.

It was not clear whether Mr. Daura was now being investigated for corruption, but he had previously accused the head of the anti corruption agency of being corrupt.

The anti-corruption boss, Ibrahim Magu, has failed twice to be confirmed by the National Assembly because of a report issued by Daura.

Now, he may be asked to investigate the man who indicted him for corruption.

Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls in seven months and tension has been rising with many politicians abandoning the president’s party and joining the opposition. They have promised to defeat the retired major general turned democrat who was elected in 2015 with fanfare, promising to revamp the dying economy, crush Boko Haram terrorists and kill corruption before “it kills Nigeria”.

So far, his promises have not materialized and almost four years have gone. Now, Nigerians seem to be yearning for a different messiah.

Read full statement by Vice President condemning the invasion of the Nigerian National Assembly by Secret Service agents on Tuesday morning.


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.

According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

By this statement, Professor Osinbajo is consequently assuring Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,

Office of the Acting President,

07 August, 2018

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