Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to go beyond the removal, arrest and interrogation of the former Director General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura, but to further investigate the circumstances of the siege at the National Assembly thoroughly.
The Party which said this in a statement made available to The Sight News on Thursday, called on Osinbajo to focus more on governance than politics, stressing that the illegal invasion of the National Assembly which is an assault on a constitutionally established institution is a far more important concern than partisan politics.
You would recall that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Laura with immediate effect, after men from the service laid a siege at the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from going in.
Meanwhile, the Party in the statement signed by the National Spokesman Sesugh Akume, expressed its dismay at the revelation by the political adviser to the president, Mr Babatunde Ojudu on national television yesterday, 8 August that the director-general of the State Security Services (SSS) was sacked for partisan considerations — namely that the former DG is allegedly working in connivance with the senate president.
It further urged the Acting President, to implement far-reaching reforms in the Service to forestall further abuse of the agency, and to mete out consequences for all abuses of the system.
ANRP encouraged the acting president to extend the cleansing to other security services by implementing the Kingibe Committee report of December 2017 on security services reforms.
“It is time to review the performances of the inspector-general of police and all the service chiefs. The Party is of the view that the daily killings in the country from Zamfara through Kebbi to Katsina to Kaduna, all the way to Plateau, Benue, Taraba to the south-east, deep south and south-west are a consequence of the failures of security services.
“There is also the monster called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) terrorising and extorting innocent citizens. Resolving these and providing the security and welfare of Nigerians is more critical than mere politicking and power mongering” it said.
ANRP also reminded the acting president of numerous unresolved issues around Babachir David Lawal (former Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF), the ex-DG of Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), the forgery allegation hanging on the finance minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, saying that these and others are grave issues that cannot be swept under the carpet.
“On the about-face by the All Progressives Congress (APC) whereby the party in one breath condemns the SSS attack on the National Assembly and in another supported it, ANRP advises that political parties should stick to principles at all times and ensure that Nigeria makes substantial progress on all fronts” ANRP noted.