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Nigeria Secret Police Boss Fired After Parliament Standoff

  • Vice president announces dismissal with ‘immediate effect’
  • Oil-rich nation in political turmoil before February election
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Nigeria’s secret police boss was fired hours after armed security agents temporarily blocked the entrance to the National Assembly in a sign of heightening political tensions before elections in February.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who’s acting head of state while President Muhammadu Buhari is on vacation in the U.K., ordered the dismissal of State Security Service Director General Lawal Musa Daura “with immediate effect,” according to a statement, which gave no explanation. His ouster capped a day of drama in the capital, Abuja, that started with secret police officers wearing masks and their standard black uniforms turning away legislators, reporters and staff as they tried to enter the National Assembly complex.