The sacked director-general of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, who was arrested and taken into custody on Tuesday after ordering the deployment of DSS operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly, has been released, but his international passport was confiscated.
Daura was released on Wednesday evening from a guest house run by the DSS in Gwarimpa area of Abuja where he had been placed on house arrest since Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo ordered his dismissal on Tuesday.
It was gathered that Daura was initially reportedly taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squard facility in Guzape neighbourhood, Abuja, where he spent time answering questions for his highly controversial tenure at the secret police.
Later on, he was moved to one of the numerous guests houses run by SSS around the Federal Capital Territory. Specifically, he was detained at a building in Gwarinpa, a massive residential community filling the northwestern corridor of the capital, security sources informed of the matter said.
While speaking to a correspondent, a security source said: “He was given his phones and released to go. But his international passport was taken from him.”
It was not immediately clear where Daura is currently putting up, but security sources said he would not be able to go under the radar given the intensity of surveillance already placed on him.
His two known telephone lines were still switched as at the moment this story was ready for publication. The SSS has not had a spokesperson since September 2015, shortly after Daura took over, despite demands by media advocates.
The police did not return requests for comments about when Daura was handed over to the SSS and other details surrounding his interrogation.