Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Federal Government has named the most senior director in the Department of State Service (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa, as the acting Director-General of the service.
The Presidency through its official Twitter handle, Presidency Nigeria @NGRPresident announced the appointment.
It tweeted, “UPDATE: Matthew B. Seiyefa, the most senior director in the Department of State Services (DSS), will act as Director-General until further notice.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the acting President, Laolu Akande, in a short profile of Seiyefa released to journalists, said, “Mr. Matthew B. Seiyefa MNI, is the acting DSS boss following the sack of the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo today.
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“Mr. Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State, was before his new appointment the most senior director in the DSS – Assistant DG. He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.
“With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa has served in different capacities, including the State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States. Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute.”
Seiyefa, had earlier arrived the presidential Villa in an official SUV, by 4 p.m., clutching a file and was received at the entrance by the ADC to the acting President.
He left the Villa at about 5:05 p.m. surrounded by security personnel attached to the presidential Villa.
Shortly after, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, also arrived, and walked briskly into Osinbajo’s office.
Magu, however was seen rushing out at about 4:40 p.m., while State House Correspondents tried to catch up with him for an interview.
Meanwhile, Daily Sun findings revealed that earlier, the acting President summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the sacked DG DSS, Lawal Daura, to explain the circumstances that led to the invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives.
But after the meeting, the DSS DG did not follow the normal exit route rather he was secretly taken out of the acting President’s office by police officers even without the knowledge of his aides that had accompanied him to the Villa.