Nigeria president fires intelligence chief for 'blocking parliament'


Masked State Security officers blocked the entrance of the National Assembly today.

She spoke while receiving a delegation of female politicians who paid her a courtesy call led by the newly elected National Women leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Hajia Salamatu Baiwa Umar-Eluma in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Acting President condemned the takeover of the National Assembly complex, describing it as "a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order".

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It is not immediately clear whether and where he is being held.

After meeting with Osinbajo, he left the villa without speaking with reporters.

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The presidency in a statement said the obstruction of lawmakers was without its consent.

The statement gave no reason for Daura's dismissal.

Osinbajo's personal assistant tweeted that the former DSS chief had been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service till further notice.

49 senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have appended their signatures against the failed attempt to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Osinbajo is acting president for Muhammadu Buhari, who is out of the country on holiday.

"The use of armed security agents to force political outcomes does not bode well for the February 2019 general election", said Malte Liewerscheidt, vice president at Teneo Intelligence, in a note.