Barely 48 Hours After DSS Siege on NASS, Daura Released But Passport Reportedly Seized

Intelligence authorities have released Lawal Daura and confiscated his international passport, it has been gathered.

The top spy master was fired from office and taken into custody, on Tuesday, after ordering the deployment of DSS operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly.

Daura was released, on Wednesday evening, from a Guest House run by the DSS, in Gwarimpa area, of Abuja, where he had been placed on house arrest since acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered his dismissal on Tuesday, Premium Times reports.

The presidency said the deployment of the DSS officials to the National Assembly was unauthorised.

The presence of masked DSS agents who prevented federal lawmakers and staff members from entering the parliament drew nationwide outrage. By afternoon of Tuesday, the Muhammadu Buhari administration, apparently under intense pressure from both local and international actors fired the DSS boss in what many have described as a classical case of “scape-goating”.

Daura was also reportedly remanded in custody, following allegations his directives might have breached Nigeria’s national security.

He was initially reportedly taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) facility in Guzape neighbourhood, Abuja, where he spent time answering questions for his highly controversial tenure at the secret police.

Later on, he was moved to one of the numerous guests houses run by DSS around the Federal Capital Territory.

“He was given his phones and released to go, but his international passport was taken from him”, Premium Times quoted a source as saying.

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