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For Blocking Parliament, Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Fires State Security Chief

Nigeria’s acting leader dismissed the head of the state security agency on Tuesday, his spokesman said on Twitter.

The move came hours after Department of State Security (DSS) agents prevented lawmakers from entering parliament.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesman said DSS head Lawal Musa Daura had been removed from his position. Osinbajo is acting president for Muhammadu Buhari, who is out of the country on holiday.

Osinbajo’s personal assistant tweeted that the former DSS chief had been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service till further notice.

The presidency in a statement said the obstruction of lawmakers was without its consent. The DSS is a security arm that is directly under the presidency. It is responsible for primary domestic intelligence and protection to top government officials.

Armed and masked personnel from the DSS temporarily block the entrance of NASS at a point blocking lawmakers from accessing the premises. After the lawmakers were allowed in, other officials and the media remained barred from the premises.

President Buhari handed over presidential duties to Osinbajo as he left Abuja to London for a 10-day vacation.

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