Controversy Trails Removal Of Ita Ekpenyong From The DSS. sources say He Resigned, Not Fired
The fierce struggle by security agencies over who should provide personal body guards for the President at the Presidential Villa may have claimed its first victim with the appointment of Lawan Musa Daura as new Director General of the Department of State Security Service by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ita Ekpeyoung was shown the way out of office without the nicety of an appreciation as had been the tradition. Daura’s appointment was contained in statement signed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Barrister Danladi Kifasi, yesterday The Head of Service of the Federation stated that the appointment was with immediate effect. Lawal Musa Daura was born in Daura on the 5th of August, 1953. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1977 – 1980.
He started his carrier in the State Security Service in 1982 and rose to the rank of Director. He was at one time the Deputy Director Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre at the Presidential Villa Abuja between 2003 and 2007. He also served as the State Director of Security Service at various times in Kano, Sokoto, Edo, Lagos, Osun and Imo States. He attended various professional courses both home and abroad including the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru.
But The UNION gathered that Daura’s appointment followed Ekpeyong’s resignation yesterday morning about 10am. The UNION had reported that officials of both the DSS and DMI had been engaged in struggles over who to provide personal security for the President, following a memo by the President’s Aide- de Camp, ADC, Lt. Col. Mohammed Abubakar, to the effect that only men of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) should be allowed to provide personal security to the President.
The UNION also gathered yesterday that President Buhari’s men were not comfortable with the alleged “partisan” roles played by the DSS men before and during the 2015 general election. An official of DSS who spoke on condition of anonymity said they saw the sacking coming as the former DG of DSS, was never invited to security meetings held at the presidential Villa. “We are not surprised that he was removed because he has not been very regular at security meetings unlike previous situation”, the source noted. President Goodluck Jonathan, it will be recalled, appointed Mr Ekpeyong in 2010.