OrderPaperToday- A former assistant to the erstwhile Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, has accused his former boss of pervasive corruption and portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money.
In a Premium Times interview, the former assistant known as Mr. Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, who retired as a senior DSS official, claimed that Daura was two-faced, serving as a mole for Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate. “He will go and get information on plans for (Senate president) Bukola (Saraki) and then leak it to him.”
The former aide said he quit the agency in 2016 because of the scale of corruption and the abuse of power. Mr Daura, who has led Nigeria’s domestic spy agency since 2015, was abruptly fired on Tuesday by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after he allowed a siege on the National Assembly.
In the interview, Mr. Abdulrahman disclosed that Daura was introduced to President Buhari in 2015 by the late Senator Mustapha Bukar. He also claimed that after Mr. Daura’s appointment to the DSS in 2015, he (Daura) “was receiving money from everyone including the president’s enemies.”
Mr Abdulrahman lamented over their late closing times in the agency, saying: “What we were doing was mostly receiving Ghana-must-go filled with cash brought by enemies of government to him.
“The rate of corruption on that fourth floor was too much and the president doesn’t deserve this.
“He will go and get information on plans for (Senate president) Bukola (Saraki) and then leak it to him,” he said.
Similar allegations against the former DSS boss arose after his removal from office on Tuesday, as many people loyal to the current administration accused Daura of working for Saraki, against the government.
In response to these allegations, while speaking at the World Press Conference on Wednesday, the President of the Senate said claims that he compromised Mr Daura constituted an “insult on the intelligence (sic) (ignorance) of Nigerians.”
According to Premium Times, Saraki and Daura clearly enjoyed cooperation in the past. In the days of the National Assembly’s standoff with the executive over the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, it was mostly memos from the SSS that the lawmakers referenced as their basis for rejecting Mr Magu.
Explaining further on the real issue between Mr Magu and the DG SSS, the retired officer said Mr Daura wanted Mr Magu to share information on high profile cases with him.
“Magu is a smart officer and he knew Daura wanted to use such information to extract money from people. He told Daura to his face that I can’t report to you, I only report to the president who appointed me,” he said.
On Mr Daura’s career history, Mr Abdulrahman said the former DG was sacked from the DSS originally before his reappointment by Mr Buhari because he was caught siphoning diesel from the SSS Academy in Kaduna. “Before then, he was almost sacked when he was State Director in Lagos. Tinubu, who was governor donated 20 vehicles to aid the work of the service in the state; Fashola, who is Minister now, was the Chief of Staff at the time, Lawal Daura took all the vehicles to Kano and sold them off,” he claimed.
He also said Mr Daura had to be secretly taken away in Edo state because he misused staff stipends.