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WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT! DSS withdraws operatives from Saraki, Dogara

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The Department of State Services on Sunday recalled half of its operatives assigned to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, TheCable report.

This is coming ahead of Monday’s talks between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the nPDP team to be led by Dogara.

Saraki is also a member of nPDP, the faction that broke away from the PDP in 2013 to team up with APC for the 2015 elections.

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TheCable understands that the security operatives attached to the two presiding officers of the national assembly were directed to report to the DSS headquarters “with immediate effect”.

No reason was given for the withdrawal, although it is believed to have been at the instance of the presidency.

TheCable could not confirm the development from the DSS, which has not had a spokesperson since Lawal Daura was appointed its director-general in 2015.

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However, sources at the national assembly confirmed the recall of the operatives.

The nPDP had recently issued an ultimatum to APC for a meeting, complaining that it had been marginalised by the ruling party after helping them to oust the PDP from power in 2015.

There are speculations that nPDP members will defect from APC and present a candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019.

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JUST IN: Akeredolu names Oluwatuyi new Ondo SSG

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Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has appointed Temitayo Oluwatuyi as the new Secretary to the State Government.

Oluwatuyi takes over from Ifedayo Abegunde, who resigned his appointment on Monday.

The Governor disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle.

The appointment, according to him, is with immediate effect.

“Today, I announced the appointment of Hon. Temitayo Oluwatuyi “Tukana” as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to resume immediately following the resignation of Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde,” Akeredolu tweeted.

 

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JUST IN: PSC dismisses 10 senior police officers

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed 10 senior police officers and reduced the rank of eight others over various cases of misconduct in the line of duty.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, on Monday.

Ani said the decision was taken at the 8th plenary meeting of the Commission, which spanned three weeks and ended on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

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Although the statement did not name those affected, it revealed the dismissed officers were one Superintendent of Police (SP), five Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

“A deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) were reduced in rank, a decision which also affected four Superintendents of Police (SP), one Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Police.

“The Commission also approved the punishment of severe reprimand for 16 Officers, reprimand for 13 and letters of warning to four others. Two Officers are to receive Letters of advice while eleven were exonerated.

“The Commission in Plenary looked into eighty three disciplinary cases which included eighteen appeals and petitions.

“The Commission had also at the Plenary approved the promotions of 6,618 senior Police Officers including one AIG to DIG, four CPs to AIG and three DCPs to CPs,” the statement reads.

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JUST IN: We didn’t arrest Magu- DSS

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Department for State Security (DSS) on Monday denied media reports of the arrest of acting Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said:

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media.

“The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”

Magu is undergoing questioning at the Presidential Villa by a probe panel over allegation diversion of looted funds and assets.

 

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