Meet The New Ag. DSS Boss Matthew Seiyefa: Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday fired Lawal Daura, Director-General of the Department of State Service and appointed Matthew Seiyefa as the Acting Director-General of the security unit.
Matthew Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State, was before his new appointment the most senior director in the DSS – assistant DG. He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.
With about 34 years of experience, he has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.
This was sequel to the summary sacking of erstwhile DG, Lawal Daura, who was dismissed on Tuesday in the aftermath of the siege on the National Assembly by security operatives acting on his instruction.
• Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute.
Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Acting President, confirmed the appointment to State House correspondents. Osinbajo had earlier directed Daura to hand over to the most senior director in the agency.
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.’’
The unauthorized takeover of the NASS complex today is a gross violation of the rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order. Persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to disciplinary action.
He maintained that the “unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Seiyefa was shortly after Daura’s sack, spotted in the Presidential Villa, where he had a meeting with Osinbajo.
Although an earlier statement issued by Akande announcing Daura’s sack did not give reasons for the action, it is believed that it is connected to the blockade of the National Assembly by DSS operatives on Tuesday.
Here is a brief profile of the Acting DG of DSS, Mr. Matthew Seiyefa:
• Seiyefa hails from Bayelsa State.
• Before his new appointment, he was the most senior director in the DSS, being an Assistant DG.
• He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.
• With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos.