President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly sacked the Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong after reports on Thursday suggesting Ekpenyong resigned.
In his place, the President appointed Lawal Musa Daura as new head of the agency, which serves as Nigeria’s secret police.
The removal of Mr. Ekpenyong and appointment of his replacement was announced Thursday by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, via a statement by the Director of Communications in his office, Haruna Imrana.
According to the statement by the Head of Service, Mr. Daura, who is returning to the SSS from retirement, was born in Daura, Katsina State, on the August, 5, 1953. He was retired from the SSS in 2013 when he reached the mandatory age of 60 according to the Civil Service rules of Nigeria.
He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1977 – 1980.
He started his carrier in the State Security Service in 1982 and rose to the rank of Director.
He was at one time the Deputy Director, Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre, at the Presidential Villa Abuja between 2003 and 2007.
He also served as State Director of Security Service at various times in Kano, Sokoto, Edo, Lagos, Osun and Imo States.
He attended various professional courses both home and abroad including the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru.
The appointment is with immediate effect, the statement said.