Nigerian security forces temporarily block lawmakers from entering parliament

Senator Akpabio with President Buhari in London

The most senior director at the DSS, Matthew B. Seiyefa, who was named as the acting head of the agency, met briefly with the acting president at the State House yesterday. He was also the Director, Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.

He hails from Ekeremor in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

However, Idris was said to have turned down the request, saying he already has enough officers on ground manning the National Assembly.

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Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.

It will be recalled that armed and mask wearing operatives of the DSS Tuesday morning invaded the NASS complex, stopping lawmakers, staff and journalists from gaining access to the complex.

"The unlawful act, which was done without the knowledge of the presidency, is condemnable and completely unacceptable", said a separate statement issued later by Osinbajo's office.

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Nigeria's acting president Prof. The DSS is a security arm that is directly under the presidency.

Akpabio's resignation is seen as a move to force Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign from his office following his defection from the ruling party to the PDP. "Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute". Saraki had called a meeting of parliamentary leaders to hold on Tuesday amid pressures on the lawmakers to approve funding for next year's election.

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has condemned what he described as an unauthorized takeover of the national assembly complex by security operatives on Tuesday.

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