A Senior Advocate of Nigeira, Mr. Femi Falana, has called for the investigation of the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura, over allegations of human rights violations, abuse of office and corruption.
In a statement on Tuesday, Falana said Daura shouldn’t have been appointed DSS DG because his tenure constituted a huge embarrassment to the government.
The senior lawyer said Daura was sacked for incompetence, adding that he exhibited empty arrogance and crass impunity.
He called on Daura’s successor to immediately release hundreds of people illegally detained in DSS custody.
Falana’s statement read: “Having regards to the fact that he was removed from the SSS for incompetence, Mr. Daura should not have been appointed as the DG of the security agency. He exhibited such empty arrogance and crass impunity.
“Daura constituted such colossal embarrassment to the federal government. I call on the acting DG of the SSS to release the hundreds of detainees being illegally held incommunicado in the SSS detention dungeon.
“I had a running battle with Daura over the illegal detention of many detainees, including Zamfara legislators, 2 Indian nationals, politicians, student leaders, journalists etc. He prevented the federal government from complying with the orders of the court to release Col. Sambo Dasuki, Ibraheem Elzakzaky and his wife, Zeinab Elzakzaky.
“He housed the fugitive, Abdurasheed Maina. He countermanded the nominations of the President and colluded with fifth columnists to sabotage the democratic process.
“Allegations of human rights violations, abuse of office and corruption which marred Daura’s tenure should be fully investigated.”