Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did not fire Lawal Daura without President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, reports say.
Daura was fired as director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) following a siege on the National Assembly.
Osinbajo reportedly took the decision to send Daura packing around 4am, hours before we saw images of the illegal blockade of the national parliament.
The Acting President reportedly consulted with Buhari who is vacationing in London before Daura was fired. The decision was then announced after DSS did what they did. The Presidency had said it would not condone unconstitutionality.
Daura was reportedly working for Senate President Bukola Saraki who had, on Monday, called an emergency parliament meeting to hold Tuesday.
Reports say Daura used the DSS to win public sympathy for the Senate President who fears impeachment following his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former DSS boss reportedly wanted police chief Ibrahim Idris to deploy officers along with DSS but the police refused. Observers say that is why Idris, whom Osinbajo summoned to Aso Rock before announcing Daura’s exit, was not fired.