Mr. Matthew B. Seiyefa has been appointed the Acting D-G of the Department of State Services.
The appointment followed the sacking today of the former D-G, Lawal Daura, by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. He was ordered to hand over to the most senior official of the agency.
Seiyefa, from Bayelsa state is the most senior Director in the DSS. A Twitter post by the PresidencyNigeria said he will act as Director-General until further notice.
Lawal was sacked over the unauthorised blockade of the National Assembly, preventing some senators and workers from gaining entrance.
Osinbajo described the blockade as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.
According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.
Professor Osinbajo assured Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.
Daura, born 5 August 1953, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 2 July 2015, following the dismissal of his predecessor Ita Ekpeyong.
He once worked in the service and retired.
Seiyefa, Daura’s successor had earlier served as the Director of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), before he was transferred to the DSS headquarters.
He met with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He arrived the Presidential Villa in an official SUV at 4pm, clutching a file and was received at the entrance by the ADC to the Acting President.
With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa had served in different capacities, including State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.
Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute.