Friday, August 10, 2018 7:05 am
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has submitted an interim report which contained findings on the investigation into the deployment of hooded operatives to the premises of the National Assembly by the former Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, who was dismissed on Tuesday without authorization by the presidency.
In the interim report submitted to the acting president, dated August 8, 2018, Mr. Idris said investigations confirmed that Daura ordered the deployment to the National Assembly without proper authorization.
The Police also suggested that the dismissed DG of DSS might have acted the script of ‘’some highly placed politicians to achieve selfish political goals, hence his unilateral and unlawful decision to invade the National Assembly.’’
Speaking further on the findings in the investigation conducted by a team of cracked operatives headed by Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Baba Umar, Idris said the former DSS DG in his statement, confessed and accepted to have deployed operatives of DSS, because of the intelligence report he got that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly complex.
‘’He did not inform the Acting President, neither did he share the information with the Nigeria Police Force or other sister security agencies,’’ the interim report stated.
‘’So many distinguished senators, Honourable members and staff of the National Assembly, who wanted access to the National Assembly complex, suffered humiliation, intimidation and were forcefully chased out of the Assembly complex at gun point by operatives of the State Security Service wearing hoods and masks,’’ the Police said in the report.
It also noted that the DSS operatives used for the operation acted like mercenaries, hired to carry out executions. ‘’The claim of purported intelligence report by the suspect cannot be substantiated as the personnel deployed were not EOD experts or specialists in this regard,’’ it stated.
The Police also said it will analyse all communication gadgets, such as phone and other electronics devices of the suspect (Daura) thoroughly for further investigation.
The Police also said it will search houses and premises of other suspects involved in the raid.