- It was coup d’état – Secondus
- Fayose wants Daura’s sacked
Condemnation is trailing the raid of the Presidential Lodge in the official residence of the AkwaIbom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel by dozens of heavily armed operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS.
The raid, which was carried out by the DSS officials while the governor and members of his executives were in Abuja at the Governorship Election Tribunal hearing, was allegedly in search of some undisclosed documents.
Reacting to the breach on the immunity of the governor by DSS operatives, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who described the attack as a coup d’etat, said the invasion marks a return of the dark days of dictatorship in Nigeria.
Also, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the invasion on Thursday as strange and anti-democracy and has called for the sack of the Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawan Daura.
“Let alert the nation that a few hours ago, there was a civilian coop d’état in Akwa Ibom state where the Department of Security Services, DSS, under the leadership the Director General, Lawan Daura invaded the Akwa Ibom Government House, ransacked the entire government House looking for the Governor to kidnap.
“Again we want to alert this nation that it’s part of the strategy of the APC and it’s administration to forcefully take Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia and Taraba states by force because they are not satisfied with taking over the federal government, they want to now take over all the states controlled by the PDP.
“This nation belongs to us all, both PDP and APC. We are now having a situation where they consistently assaulted states controlled by the PDP. We want the international community to be aware of the situation. Is this how PDP ruled during its days? No.
“Let it be on record that we said enough is enough. Our South-South Publicity Secretary will be updating the party on further developments. It will get to a stage where we will invite the international community to hear our cry.
“We are stating here that we will not tolerate any act of intimation and harassment by the operatives of the DSS,” he warned.
Fayose, who has consistently condemned the activities of the DG of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal Daura, since he took over describing them as barbaric said, he is “trying to take us back to that inglorious era of dictatorship and barbarism where Nigerians were treated with contempt. This time around, it is a democracy that can never accommodate 1984 era of draconian rule”
At a press conference jointly addressed on his behalf by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka and the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Idowu Adelusi, yesterday, Fayose said the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo was allegedly invaded by armed men from the Special Squad of the DSS.
He explained that the SSS personnel “invaded the Presidential Wing of the Government House in a commando-like manner: ransacked it, intimidated and harassed the occupants, claiming that they were searching for bomb and documents.”
The governor recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Austin Okojie, was picked up and detained by men of the DSS in July, and later asked to report daily to their office for interrogation.
He said the DSS under Daura that has turned Akwa-Ibom State and other States into centre of its draconian operations has not deemed it necessary to invite for questioning, the Yobe State INEC REC, Mr. Abu Zarma in whose bank account N15 million alleged to be a bribe was found.
The governor noted that DSS’ barbaric acts in the last few weeks have shown that Daura is unfortunately taking Nigeria back to the 1984 era of General Mohammadu Buhari.
He pointed out that the Director General of the DSS is acting out a sinister script of taking over Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, controlled States in the South-South and South East by whatever means.
“The invasion of the Akwa-Ibom State Government House on thursday ordered by Daura, is a rape of democracy and invitation to chaos and anarchy. It is authoritarian, dictatorial and I condemn it strongly. It is unfortunate that this is happening under President Buhari’s watch, and painful that Alhaji Lawal Daura is drawing Nigeria back to the Military era.
“If a Government House occupied by a Governor who enjoys the same immunity enjoys by the President as provided by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria could be invaded by a Special Squad of the DSS, it means Lawal Daura is moving this country towards dictatorship and it must be said clearly that Daura and his DSS men will definitely have Nigerians to contend with.
“I will continue to talk because Nigeria belongs to all of us. Nigeria is not a banana republic that can be ruled anyhow by anyone and Mr. Lawal Daura and those urging him on should know that this reign of brute force over constitutional democracy will fail”
“This is because we have seen them operate before and here they are now, trying to take us back to that inglorious era of dictatorship and barbarism where Nigerians were treated with contempt. This time around, it is a democracy that can never accommodate that 1984 era of draconian rule.
“Most importantly, Lawal Daura and his desperate men should know that here in Nigeria of today, the power of the people is greater than the power of those in power and the people will always rise in defence of their government no matter how strong the aggression,” he said and called on President Buhari to call Daura to order.
Fayose stated that Daura’s activities since he assumed office as the DG DSS are of growing concern to Nigerians and that he is becoming extremely controversial and lamented that the DG’s activities are “regrettable, unfortunate, condemnable and unacceptable because he has come to symbolise dictatorship, which democracy abhors.”
He reminded the DSS boss to be mindful of the fact that he is holding the office of DG DSS in trust for all Nigerians noting that such office is not one that should be turned into instrument of political witch-hunt.
“If Alhaji Daura continues with his use of the DSS to harass, intimidate and assault the constitution of Nigeria, President Buhari, may have to show to Nigerians that he is not a party to the use of the security agency to witch-hunt his political opponents by sacking the DG DSS,” the governor said.