The main headlines from mainstream newspapers today are focused on the increased pressure from the APC on Senate President Bukola Saraki to vacate his seat, following his defection from the ruling party to the PDP; and the continuing fallout from the DSS siege on the National Assembly.
The Nation reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) delivered a blistering attack on Senate President Bukola Saraki, following his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement signed by the APC’s national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, the ruling party called on the Senate to remove Saraki; stating that the Senate president had been surrounded by controversies since “hijacking” the position in 2015.
Nabena accused Saraki of capitalising on the absence of many members of the APC to connive and conspire with members of the opposition PDP to become Senate president, trading off the deputy Senate president position to the PDP.
He described Saraki’s action as “political betrayal” and “treachery”, which even the devil would be envious of; and asserted that all over the world, the leadership of the legislature is provided by the political party with majority members.
Some youths in the North also marched on the APC’s secretariat in Kaduna, demanding Saraki’s resignation.
The Guardian is however focusing on the fallout from the siege on the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The publication reports that the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested a former director-general of the DSS, Ita Ekpeyong.
The arrest came barely 24 hours after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked the agency’s former boss, Lawal Daura, over the NASS siege.
Daura had reportedly prevented the anti-graft agency from arresting Ekpeyong in November 2017, in a standoff that almost resulted in a shootout between both organisations.
Ekpeyong had been accused of mismanaging funds meant for the procurement of arms.
Punch is also reporting about the arrest of the former DSS DG, Ita Ekpeyong.
It adds that in addition to preventing EFCC officials from arresting Ekpeyong in November 2017, DSS operatives had also prevented the arrest of a former boss of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke.
Ekpeyong was arrested at his residence at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro District, Abuja; after which, EFCC operatives, accompanied by over 20 armed policemen, proceeded to search the white mansion for about two hours.
However, no money was found in the building; and it could not be established if any incriminating document was found in the house.
Ekpenyong was subsequently whisked away in a black Toyota Land Cruiser and driven to the head office of the EFCC in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja, around 3:20pm.
Vanguard is reporting that following the siege on the National Assembly, the Presidency has ordered a proper investigation into how the huge cash said to have been released to security agencies in the country in relation to the 2015 presidential election, was managed.
Consequently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will grill three former security heads who held strategic positions in the country, to determine their involvement or otherwise in how the cash was spent.
The three individuals to be questioned are the immediate past director general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, his predecessor, Ita Ekpenyong and the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
The order for the probe came following two days of extensive meeting between Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the acting director general of the DSS, Matthew Seiyefa and that of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Still on the NASS invasion fallout, This Day reports that Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, has submitted an interim report on the sacked DSS DG, Lawal Daura, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Osinbajo had dismissed Daura on Tuesday, August 7; after which, the acting president directed that a thorough investigation be carried out into the siege which he described as an unacceptable assault on the rule of law.
In the report, the IGP said Daura, in his statement, confessed and accepted to have deployed operatives of DSS, claiming he got intelligence report that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly complex.
He said: “He did not inform the acting president, neither did he share the information with the Nigeria Police Force or other sister security agencies.”
The statement continued: “So many distinguished senators, honourable members and staff of the National Assembly, who wanted access to the National Assembly complex, suffered humiliation, intimidation and were forcefully chased out of the Assembly complex at gun point by operatives of the State Security Service wearing hoods and masks.’’
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