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The decision to fire the top intelligence chief is believed to be connected with a Tuesday morning blockade of the country's legislature - the National Assembly, NASS.

It is the first such incident since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999 and coincides with increased tension between the National Assembly and the executive ahead of an election in February 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term.

The Federal Government has named the most senior director in the Department of State Service (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, as the acting Director-General of the service.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had on Tuesday sacked the Director General, Department of State Service, Lawal Daura with immediate effect, over the invasion of the premises of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

He said that the unlawful act perpetrated without the knowledge of the Presidency was condemnable, completely unacceptable and unauthorised.

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He also attended the University of Jos, where he obtained a Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree in 1982, and was called to bar after attending the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island Lagos.

The statement gave no reason for Daura's dismissal.

Senate President Bukola Saraki is set to hold a world press conference Wednesday (today) afternoon at 12 noon.

A raft of parliamentarians have quit Buhari's ruling party over the last few weeks and joined the main opposition.

Ojukwu, a Nigerian Bar Association's presidential aspirant, said, "I am excited to be counted as a Nigerian, a lawyer and a law teacher by this example of leadership by our acting President".


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