SHOCKING: SSS detains own retired Assistant Director for 48 days without trial for alleged closeness to Magu

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura
Director General of SSS, Lawal Daura.

A retired senior official of the State Security Service has been held without trial by the agency for 48 days and counting over his alleged ties to Ibrahim Magu, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

Abba Kaka Mohammed was arrested by SSS agents on July 17 but had neither been released not charged to court ever since, his lawyers said.

The Nigerian law allows a maximum of 48 hours for a suspect to be charged to court or freed on administrative bail. But Mr. Mohammed has now spent weeks languishing in detention without arraignment, amidst concerns by his family that he might have lost one of his eyes after being brutalised by SSS operatives in custody.

His lawyers were granted access to him for the first time on Tuesday. They had since approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for fundamental rights enforcement proceeding against the SSS and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.

His family members also told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Mohammed had taken critically ill and should be released or charged to court in order to get adequate medical attention.

Mr. Mohammed retired last year as an Assistant Director, Office of the Director General, ADODG, performing the role of a Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the SSS, Lawal Daura. But his relationship with Mr. Daura subsequently deteriorated.

“The SSS DG accused him of holding grievances against the SSS, a claim that is clearly not true,” a relative of the victim told PREMIUM TIMES, adding that Mr. Daura and his client had been long time acquaintances.

The relative, who asked not to be named for fear of being targeted by the SSS, said when Mr. Mohammed was arrested on July 17, he was taken to his residence along the Airport Road in Abuja, and another one near Galadimawa neighbourhood, also in Abuja.

“But they found nothing after all the searches they conducted,” the relative said. “Nothing implicating was found.”

Mr. Mohammed was then taken to the SSS custody, where he was confined to a cell without adequate care, the relative said confirming that Mr. Mohammed’s lawyer and his daughter were only allowed to see him last Tuesday.

“They also accused him of being a front for Magu, saying his long-time relationship with the EFCC boss was suspicious,” the relative said.

The relative said Mr. Daura had always known that Mr. Mohammed was a friend of Mr. Magu, having both hailed from Borno and being friends for over a decade.

“The SSS officers just wanted him to implicate Magu with anything, even when they’ve never had any transactions together,” said the relative.

On August 25, lawyers from Femi Falana chambers on behalf of Mr. Mohammed approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for the following reliefs:

  • A declaration that the detention of the applicant at Abuja by the first respondent in their detention facility since July 17, 2017 till date without being charged to court for a known offence is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights to personal liberty, dignity of person and fair hearing as enshrined in section 34, 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
  • A declaration that the detention of the applicant at Abuja by the first respondent without access to his medical doctors, drugs, family and lawyers, since July 17, 2017 till date is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights to health, freedom of association as enshrined in Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
  • An order of this honourable court directing the immediate and unconditional release of the applicant from custody of the first respondent forthwith.
  • An offer of this honourable court compelling the respondents jointly and separately to pay to the applicant the sum of N2,000,000,00 (Two billion naira) as general and aggravated damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental rights to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
  • An order of this honourable court compelling the respondents joint or separately to publish in five national dailies a public apology to the applicant for two weeks for the violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
  • An order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating the applicant’s fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.

Mr. Mohammed’s daughter also swore an affidavit detailing how her father was arrested and the high chances that he’d gone blind in one eye in custody of the SSS.

The SSS could not be reached for comments due to its refusal to name a spokesperson.

A spokesperson for the AGF, Saliu Isa, did not respond to requests for comments.

The SSS is believed to be holding scores of Nigerians over an extended period of time without trial. The agency had declined to free a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, despite several court rulings for his bail.

Mr. Mohammed’s ordeal adds to the fallout of the worsening disaffection between Messrs. Daura and Magu.

The duo had been locked in political and administrative rivalry since Mr. Buhari tapped them to head their respective agencies two years ago.

The SSS twice thwarted Mr. Magu’s confirmation by the Senate, accusing him of being reckless and corrupt.

Mr. Magu had also openly criticised the SSS, describing the secret police as an outfit without credibility when he appeared before the Senate for his last confirmation hearing.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Should this be the meaning of government under Buhari, with heads of agencies in conflict with one another?

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Such is obtainable in a system without a knowledgeable and decisive person(s) at the helm.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Quite unfortunate.

        • No Komment

          @abdullahmusa:disqus

          “We are again worried by the deafening silence of APC-led government on the allegation
          of corruption against the Inspector General of Police by Senator Misau,. The N120 billion
          fraud allegation against the I.G of Police is too weighty and the police authority must purge
          itself of this accusation. The sudden realization that Senator Misau is a deserter further
          exposes the complicity of the police force on this matter. This allegation must not be
          swept under the carpet by APC (party) like the ones against the EFCC Acting
          Chairman Magu and others. The APC-led FG cannot be said to be fighting
          corruption and at the same time covering up corrupt officers.”

          ………….Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]

          (September 4th, 2017)

          • Abdullah Musa

            Over to Lai Muhammad!

      • tunde008

        like Trump and members of his cabinet

  • AryLoyds

    FAKE NEWS !!!

  • MilitaryPolice01

    “The SSS DG accused him of holding grievances against the SSS, a claim that is clearly not true,” a relative of the deceased told PREMIUM TIMES, adding that Mr. Daura and his client had been long time acquaintances.
    —————————————–
    PT please edit and correct – the man is not deceased. Thanks all the same for bringing this to the forefront. Impunity must be exposed and injustice addressed.

    • True Fellow

      Military Police Thank you for the corrections Lol. Meanwhile Magu is not the DG of SSS, I guess you meant Daura

      • MilitaryPolice01

        lool … My apologies, you a right but I will not correct-edit it to show that often times the correcter can be corrected lol .. thank you bros

        • Thank you very much for your observations. We have effected the corrections.

    • Simon Templar

      …and also “unconditional” and not unconstitutional

    • Julius

      True, his turn will surely come. He might be locked up too. Na turn by turn dem dey do things oo. Using the so called law enforcement agents to score or settle fights against a perceived enemy. Look this has been going on for a long time is the country. It’s shameful.

    • tunde008

      This story is not about Magu but Daura. These corrupt people are so scared of Magu.

      • share Idea

        What is special in Magu that people are scared of him? If Magu has been doing his works according to laid down rules, he will always JUMP AND PASS the hurdles placed on his ways.

        However, because of his selective attitude towards corruption fight, and non thorough work (investigation) with which he carries out his work, he will always meet resistance that will be beyond him and his boss.

        If EFCC work is institutionalised, Magu’s name does not need to arise every now and then, rather every EFCC officer investigating any Nigeria would be assured deserved protection by the laws of the land.

        How many times have you heard about UK head of SFO (Serious Fraud Office) talk about corruption fighting back in the course of discharging his/her duty nor have you heard of head of CIA claiming corruption fighting back…it is only when a society that is supposed to be obeying laws of the land abandon’s laws of the country, and put all their faith on supposed STRONGMAN that you get the kind nonsense you have in Nigeria.

  • Abdullah Musa

    Quite unfortunate.

  • Liberty

    Its like the President is confused about this Magu – Daura saga!
    But, how could an individual – an appointee of the President becomes so hateful of a fellow appointee of his principal and does not even care to hide such grievance? If PMB truly believes in and have confidence in the ability of Magu to deliver as the head of the EFCC, how come the same President has ignore rain of hurdles that some of other presidential appointees have relentlessly unleashed over the appointment of Ibrahim Magu to the EFCC chair.
    Or could it be that Mr President’s hands have been tied, especially regarding this Magu issue, by certain forces. Certainly, Mr President must be contending with some unprogressive forces, which may possibly include subterranean nepotistic, to drop Magu.
    It is amazing as it is annoying to hear about how some aides of the President are not leaving any stone unturned to, as it were, arm twist the President. If this disgraceful drama is not decisively dealt with by Mr President in good time, it just may end up becoming the greatest undoing of Buhari Presidency, for which posterity will judge him so unkindly.

    • tunde008

      Why not drop Daura?Why Magu?This story is about Daura.Buhari can not drop Magu because the masses wants Magu to stay.

  • Gary

    And they accused Jonathan of using the DSS to serve the interests of the PDP.
    Welcome to the return of the new, viciously improved of the good ole NSO of Alhaji Rafindadi – from the heydays of Muhammadu Buhari 1.0 (circa 1984-85).
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Marilyn Oga must be somewhere chuckling at goings at the agency she once spoke for. Until the advocates of “CHANGE” came to town.

    • Julius

      Yes, she will be chuckling for getting away with her loots. Her self dealing oil contracts made her one of the naira billionaires . You were doing well till you mention her name.

      • Gary

        If Ogar stole money, why is she not jail with Sambo Dasuki considering that she’s relatively small fries and not in the protected class of Hausa-Fulani who are quietly told to refund money to “go and sin no more”?
        See unlike you, I’m nobody’s hired gun out here to do propaganda. If Ms Ogar stole money, charge her to court. Along with everyone else who raised the public till.

        • Julius

          You simply hate the truth. Hear you, i”f Oga stole money, why is she not jail with Sambo Dasuki considering that she’s relatively small fries and not in the protected class of Hausa-Fulani who are quietly told to refund money to “go and sin no more”?…Question: Is mama piss an Hausa /Fulani ? Is the fat princess Oduah of Anambra an Huasa/Fulani woman ? Is diezani too ?..abeg find better tin to talk about jor.

  • Samaritan

    @disqus_37tUayk10K:disqus

    Muhamadu Buhari’s faltering health is not the cause of these messes,
    but his lacking in clear plans from day one. That’s what’s turned Nigeria into fiefdoms of
    each public official and created conflicting baronies in the country, as Buhari mopes.

    After two years in office, and after himself sinking the hapless country into the worst of
    economic recession never witnessed, and still continuing without Buhari preferring a single sensible
    solution till date; and, with 28 million Nigerian youths officially recorded by the Bureau of Statistics
    as presently un-employed in Nigeria, very few nepotists remain in Nigeria looking up to the shambles
    called Buhari government for national salvation.

    • ????360° degrees

      @disqus_37tUayk10K:disqus

      If President Muhamadu Buhari calls what he’s hardly sitting atop a government,
      What then is the meaning of chaos? And how can order just ensue from chaos?

  • FreeNigeria

    Nigeria, a country run by mad people

  • Intrepid

    Daura is another HIMMLER.

  • Intrepid

    Buhari is a Robbot being manipulated on all sides by his kinsmen. Sorry for ZOOLAND.

  • Intrepid

    Buhari is clueless.

  • Intrepid

    Nigeria has never had it so bad.

    • forestgee

      Unbelievable times!

  • thusspokez

    The relative said Mr. Daura had always known that Mr. Mohammed was a friend of Mr. Magu, having both hailed from Borno and being friends for over a decade.

    It would seem that a lot of these Buhari appointees are benighted and immature. One example of this immaturity is the blurring of the boundary between social life with their work. Why is Mr. Mohammed’s friendship Mr. Magu outside work a sin that deserves punishment?

    From what one has read about Mr. Daura, he is not only a mediocre, and corrupt but very petty too, and I hope that he faces prosecution in a post Buhari administration for his poor stewardship at the SSS .

  • forestgee

    Warped system….probably the very worst is ahead! Welcome to twisted “change”

  • Oladele

    PMB, listen, you cannot win 2019 elections if you do not SACK Daura NOW! he is enemy within. Even if your health bounced back (which is my prayer for you), with Daura, you will need to rig yourself in, but one man one vote, you cannot win. There must be many in the North who can watch your back, you are behaving as if you retired as a major in the Army. There are enough personnel from Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa, Bauchi even if you want a Christian in the states I listed who will not sell you out. They may be Christian from Kebbi, but they are Fulani first. How much more endless will be the list if you are looking for moslem. OBJ had Abdullahi Muhammed as Chief of staff. Your performance is now looking worst than Dr Jonathan.

    • share Idea

      Please leave GEJ alone and enjoy your CHANGE. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Owenz

    This Daura man na waa. What does he have against Magu that he is not telling us? His agency tried and failed to sabotage his confirmation. Who will look into Daura’s warped practices?

    • emmanuel

      Do you imagine possibility of collusion in certain acts between the man and Magu?
      Magu has been certified unfit for the sensitive office he occupies – period

      • princegab

        Maybe the other way around sir.

    • princegab

      If magu were to be a womanizer, the answer wouldn’t have been far fetched. But as it is, probably, the presidency is too corrupt hence “fight backers”. Blame pmb’s nepotism.

  • M.sc.M.Phil, Ph.D, B.A, B.sc,

    @disqus_5jN03GqoGu:disqus;

    Muhamadu Buhari has but middling formal schooling and should be sympathetically adjudged
    only by the standard of a Primary Six (6) certificate holder. His enablers and those who voted
    him into public office will flinch for being responsible for delusively setting store by Buhari as
    their own best bet for CHANGE in a country of 180 million people, but they will now abide the
    ongoing devastating economic recession; if they’re too ashamed to admit their own atrocious
    judgment for miscasting the presidency of a country looking progress with Muhamadu Buhari.
    Garbage in; garbage out, is not just a cute computer quip, but applies to unenlightened votes.

    • Directo Espana

      @Owenz:disqus

      NIGERIA UNDER BUHARI HAS NO CHANCE OR KNOWLEDGE TO SOLVE THE CURRENT CRISIS

      OF 28 MILLION UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS IN NIGERIA WHO ROAM THE STREETS TO KILL AND ROB!

    • D. W. Awobadejo

      @Owenz:disqus

      The SSS and the EFCC under Buhari can become warring camps if they like.
      What’s important is that the Buhari government as a whole is NOT working –
      simple! The SSS says EFCC Chairman is too corrupt whilst EFCC prefers
      to ignore rather than liaise with SSS on joint operations. The result is that
      corruption increases with impunity under Buhari since those who’re to save
      Nigeria from being stolen away are now busy fighting themselves for federal
      allocation of funds, power, and, prestige. Nigeria under Muhamadu Buhari is
      in total mess, and adrift like a rudderless ship filled with drunken mariners.

      Everything Buhari has touched he’s made worse’ The national currency
      (Naira) is devalued to buy less than 50% of its value under Goodluck Jonathan
      whom Buhari said was a terrible president, but whose past regime now looks less
      worse in comparison. Today, Buhari has also devalued education and has made
      universities’ degrees worthless. Buhari government has enacted 30% FAILURE
      MARK at JAMB university examinations as the ideal for students’ admission into
      Nigeria’s universities henceforth. A university just existing for failures only should
      not expect international accreditation or ever expect local employers in Nigeria to
      respect any certificate that such universities issue.

      • Rev

        It is a tragedy. The quality of the Nigerian conversation has so deteriorated. But what do you expect from an absolute dullard…? Whose best reputation is an ambiguous drive to tackle corruption. And yet two years later, there is no prosecution of the corrupt who are close to his government. Nigerians were fooled by Tinubu APC propaganda! What a tragedy.

  • B.O. Adejuwon

    @Owenz:disqus

    DO YOU KNOW that the latest global assessment on CORRUPTION for the year 2017 says corruption under Buhari
    is still at the same level as it was under Goodluck Jonathan. In other words, the global assessors in the Corruption
    Perception Index say that Muhamadu Buhari is not an improvement on Jonathan’s government at all. So if Buhari
    is useless at fighting corruption and is at the same level as Goodluck Jonathan, where is the CHANGE that the
    voters in Nigeria voted for? I have only seen deterioration. No change. Buhari has made Nigeria far worse.

    • Patriot2017

      MUHAMADU BUHARI IS UNRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD AS JUST AN EMPTY BARREL.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    THE LATEST AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT ABOUT NIGERIA IS ON POINT !! The government of ex-dictator Buhari detains Nigerians in several secret locations indefinitely and without trial

    One wonders how VP OSINBAJO ,A PROFESSOR OF LAW AND CHURCH CLERGY REMAINS A PART OF THIS DRACONIAN REGIME?

  • princegab

    Pmb is to blame.

  • Omole Isiaka

    The recklessness and impunity of DG SSS, Lawal Daura, should be blamed on Pres. Buhari. From all indication, there might be some connivance between Lawal Daura and Presidency.
    Very sad and unfortunate!

    • realist

      Buhari is a weakling. Daura dictate the pace as Tunde Idiagbon did in behalf of Buhari during the military era.

  • Capt Sankara

    A case of Islamic Jihadist Northers “Dog eats Dog”, make dem eat themselves and make we Southerners sabi who remain alive to be devoured by the Biafran blitzing tanks ready to roll into the trenches !

    • Wale

      “we Southerners”?

      Biafra thing is O-Y-O => On your own.

      They want Biafra; most Nigerians want Biafra.
      Biko, Mr. President, what’s the hold up?

      Head-up fellers, The next (non-igbo) presidential candidate that support and campaign for the creation of Biafra as a country wins the presidency.

  • musa aliyu

    Mhn!?????

  • Rev

    This is what you get from a Buhari government. This man will go down as one of the saddest commentary in Nigeria’s history!

  • David Adeniran

    It would seem this man and Saraki are the ones in charge of this administration.