New SSS DG Matthew Seiyefa, Abba Kyari on warpath as plot to reinstate Lawal Daura thickens
By Haruna Yusuf Abuja 2/9/2018
What appears a push to curtail the pace of reform being implemented at the State Security Service (SSS) has brought President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, head-to-head with Director-General Matthew Seiyefa, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.
Already, multiple sources said, Mr Kyari has ordered Mr Seiyefa, who was named to the position only last month following the sack of Lawal Daura, to reverse some key decisions he took and desist from implementing new measures unless otherwise directed from the presidency to do so.
This newspaper learnt that Mr Seiyefa called Mr Kyari’s bluff saying he would rather report to and take directives from the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, under whose office the SSS is structurally placed.
The rift has become so pronounced that top directors at the SSS and even some rank and file are now threatening to either fight the battle openly with their principal or quit the service entirely — saying political interference has corroded the agency’s professionalism and should no longer be tolerated.
Mr Kyari’s position, contained in a letter he wrote to Mr Seiyefa on August 30, prescribed the types of administrative decisions the new spy chief should not make without permission from him.
Mr Kyari said Mr Seiyefa should immediately recall some directors who were recently asked to proceed on terminal leave. State directors in Borno, Cross River, Kaduna and Oyo were cleared for terminal leave by Mr Seiyefa, ahead of their retirement from servicee.
Mr Seiyefa was appointed on August 7 by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, moments after the dismissal of Mr Daura.
Mr Daura was accused of ordering the August 7 siege which SSS operatives laid to the National Assembly, drawing nationwide condemnation amongst those who saw it as an affront to democracy.
Mr Seiyefa assumed office promising to clean up the mess at the agency, which many expect would involve doing away with the controversial tactics of Mr Daura.
His appointment was widely hailed by top civil society personalities, including Chidi Odinkalu, a former head of the National Human Rights Commission who described the new spy chief as “a thoroughbred professional” in an exchange with PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr Seiyefa demonstrated the genuineness of his resolve by immediately holding a press briefing to address issues confronting the SSS, especially in relation to human rights and internal accountability.
Some of the promises were already being implemented, as several persons held on obviously flimsy grounds and without trial were being set free. He also appointed a new spokesperson for the agency within a week of settling in office, years after Mr Daura sacked the agency’s spokesperson and closed down its media unit.
Buratai Inspects Project At Army Camp Ngamdu
Buratai inspects project at Army Camp Ngamdu.
By Baba Saleh Damaturu
The Chief of Army Staff
Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has Saturday inspected ongoing projects and facilities at Ngamdu army super camp.
Buratai said the visit was part of his continuation operational tour to the north east theater of Operation.
The Army chief was at Ngamdu today the 26 of September 2020, where he inspected ongoing construction and renovation projects as well as facilities in the camp.
He equally used the opportunity to assess the overall operational readiness of the camp.
“The Chief of Army staff was accompanied by the Chief of Training and Operations Army Maj Gen Nuhu Angbazo, the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maj Gen Faruk Yahaiya, Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen SA Adebayo, Acting Provost Marshall Army Brig Gen Hussain Ahmed and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Brig Gen OO Oluyede among other senior army officers”
Again ISWAP/Boko Haram Kidnapped Site Engineer, A Carpenter along Maiduguri, Damasak Road
Again ISWAP,/Boko Haram kidnapped site Engineer, A Carpenter along Maiduguri, Damasak Road
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Again, members of the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP), Boko Haram fighters have again abducted two workers along Maiduguri-Damasak road, on their way to Damasak to construct shelter for the Nigerian refugees returning from Diffa province in Niger Republic back to their ancestral homes.
The two abductees in a separate video clips released by the insurgents, appealed to the Borno state Governor, Professor, Babagana Zulum and the state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Engineer, Mustapha Gubio to come to their rescue.
“My name is lawan modu karsami
I worked with Nganzai LGA, I am a project Engineer attached to construction site of Shelter in Damasak, the project for Nigerian refugees returning back to Damasak. We were captured by the Khailafa army and we are now in hostage with them”, Modu Karsami said.
He appealed to the commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubio and Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to cometheir rescue
Also speaking Ibrahim Musa while appealing to the government to come to his rescue said ” I am Ibrahim Musa a carpenter, we were captured by the Army of Khaliffa along Maiduguri-Damasak road on our way to Damasak to construct a shelter to the returning IDPs. “
” I appeal to the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum and the commissioner of RRR to come to our rescue”, he added.
Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush
Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.
” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.
The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “
While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..
“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.
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