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Nigerian intelligence head sacked after 'takeover' of parliament

AFP  |  Abuja 

The Nigerian presidency today fired the of the intelligence service, a day after it said staged a brief "takeover" of parliament.

Hooded armed men from the police and Service (DSS) filtered access to the two chambers -- the and -- preventing lawmakers, workers, journalists and other visitors from entering.

The presidency denied authorising the move, which comes amid a surge of tension between and political rivals. Vice - who is acting as of the country while Buhari is on holiday, ordered the dismissal of DSS "with immediate effect".

He described the "unauthorised takeover" of the as "a gross violation of constitutional order" and "rule of law".

The DSS has often been accused of high-handedness and abuses against perceived political opponents of the Parliament began a two-month recess on July 24.

Independent sources speculated that Tuesday's action was a show of strength connected to a political crisis ahead of presidential and next February.

Lawmakers loyal to Buhari's All Progressives (APC) are believed to be planning to oust the of the Senate,

Saraki, the country's third-highest ranking politician, last week dumped the APC for the main opposition

The APC has called on him to resign, suspecting him to be the force behind defections that have damaged the party's standing and Buhari's chances of re-election.

On the last day before recess, 14 members of the 109-seat and 37 members of the 360-seat left the APC. are due between this month and October, coinciding with mounting discontent at Buhari's style of government and handling of widespread violence across the country.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 00:15 IST