By CrossRiverWatch admin
Cross River born Director General of the State Security Service, SSS Ita Ekpenyong, has been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The sack of the SSS DG was announced in a statement today by Haruna Imrana, the Director of Communications in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi.
According to the statement by the Head of Service, the Odukpani LGA born Secret Police DG is being replaced by Mr. Lawal Daura, who is returning to the SSS from retirement.
The new DG was born in Daura, Katsina State, on the August, 5, 1953. 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 Center, at the Presidential Villa Abuja between 2003 and 2007.
He also served as State Director of State Security Service at various times in Kano, Sokoto, Edo, Lagos, Osun and Imo States and his appointment is with immediate effect, the statement said.
The former director general later told newsmen that he was not sacked but that he resigned at about 10 a.m. today.
Mr. Daura becomes the sixth director general of the SSS, one of the three security agencies created out of the defunct National Security Organisation in 1986.
The removal of Mr. Ekpenyong, who was appointed DG of the agency on September 8, 2010, has long been expected.
Under him, the SSS became openly partisan, especially in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.
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