Ex-DSS boss: Rejected in Abuja, celebrated in Bayelsa


Mathew Seiyefa was dropped by the presidency in the choice of a director of the Directorrate of State Security (DSS) after he acted following the sudden sack of Lawal Daura. Now. His home state, Bayelsa, say he is a hero and greta son of the area. They have laid red carpets to welcome him home and promised to deploy his energy and experience in Bayelsa and Niger Delta.


Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has given reasons why his administration announced plans to organise a grand reception for Seiyefa.

Seiyefa who held brief after the sack of Daura was replaced by Yusuf Bichi by President Muhammadu Buhari in a move that drew criticism from Southern and Middle Belt leaders.

Bichi’s appointment means that the entire security services are once again headed by appointees from Northern Nigeria, which was a major reason why the Southern and Middle Belt leaders pressured the Federal Government for Seiyefa’s substantive appointment.

His removal sparked mixed reactions on social media and heated debates across all strata of Bayelsa society as some saw it as part of an alleged Northern agenda while others believed that he was rightly replaced since he was only holding fort.

Governor Dickson, in a statement signed his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Daniel Alabrah said the grand reception is in recognition of Seiyefa’s 35 years of distinguished and meritorious service to the nation which he described as “an exemplary national service.”

The governor further described Seiyefa who hails from Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state as a quintessential Ijaw and a great ambassador of the state who made the Ijaw nation proud.

Dickson, however, thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given him to serve while regretting the manner in which the nation was denied the full benefits of his service.

He commended the former security chief for repositioning the DSS within the short period in which he acted and that Bayelsa State will take advantage of his availability for further service.

In his words: “Within such a short period that he headed the DSS, he was able to reposition the service. We are very proud of his exemplary and distinguished service to the nation. In recognition of this, the state will take maximum advantage of his availability for further service and he will be honoured soon at a formal reception.”