In a move that many analysts saw coming following the recent movement of State Security Service (SSS) operatives to outer security duties at the presidential villa, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the SSS, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.
In his place, the President appointed Mr. Lawal Daura as new head of the agency.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, in a statement by the Director of Communications in his office, Haruna Imrana. announced the removal of Mr. Ekpenyong and appointment of his replacement.
Daura was born in Daura, Katsina State on the August, 5, 1953. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1977 – 1980 and started his carrier in the SSS 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.
Daura attended various professional courses both at home and abroad including the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru.