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Gunshots in Aso Rock, What really happened
What safety sources thought to be ‘security breach’ occurred on the territories of the Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja on Thursday evening, when the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, tried to force President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant, Sabiu Yusuf, into self -isolation over COVID-19 panics.
State House sources informed newsmen that turmoil started when President Buhari’s nephew, Sabiu returned to his residence on the areas of the Presidential Villa, just outside of the Pilot gate, after a visit to Lagos the place he had gone to meet his spouse who had given birth to a new child.
Citing COVID-19 policies, sources stated, Mrs. Buhari and three of her kids, Zahra, Halima, and Yusuf, escorted by a few of her security assistants headed by the Aide-de-Camp, on Thursday night time went to the home of Sabiu situated just outside the Presidential Villa to appeal that he should self-isolate for 14 days, in order to not expose to danger the first family.
The encounter was said to have worsened right into a hot argument as Sabiu contended he was not the only aide to travel to Lagos asserting that the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, travels to Lagos every weekend until he lives in Abuja, and marveled why the double standard requiring his self-isolation for visiting his own wife who just delivered a new baby.
Sabiu, also referred to as ‘Tunde’ (believed to have been designated after Late Gen. Tunde Idiagbon, Buhari’s deputy during his military rule in the 1980s), was however said to have returned home after the arguments.
As he got home, Aisha and her children invaded the premises raining abuses, presidential sources who observed the event recounted, resulting in the escape of Sabiu after gunshots have been discharged by the First Lady’s ADC in an in view to arrest the President’s aide, who had to breach walls to flee for his life and retreat to the close-by residence of President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, the place he slept over throughout the night.
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, after obtaining a security report on the occurrence on Friday approved the detention of the Aide-de-camp to the first lady and all the security aides that escorted the First Lady to Sabiu’s residence.
Their arrest, Scannews24 gathered, was held on the fact that the release of gunshots, regardless of the provocation in the presidency, and across the president was a serious ‘security breach’.
The incident was nonetheless made open by the President’s wife on Friday evening when she called on IGP Adamu to acquit her assistants from detention.
Aisha’s series of on her handle @aishambuhari on Friday evening read: ” That Covid-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials. Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to undergo 14 days mandatory isolation no matter who the person is, no one should be above the law and the Police command will do well to remember that.
“Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”
She, however, did not uncover the names or identities of her detained aides neither did she explain why or when they were detained.
Further Sources close to State House let out THISDAY that following the demise of the President’s preceding chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on account of COVID-19 obstacles, the first lady had been moving to expand her influence inside the State House but surmised that a few of her husband’s family members, together with Sabiu, have been preventing her from reaching that goal.
She nevertheless grabbed the chance offered by Sabiu’s visit to Lagos to clip his wings by insisting that he ought to self-isolate in order to not endanger the first family.
Sabiu was not the first presidential servant that did not self-isolate after traveling out of Abuja, The source noted.
Zahra and Halima, the President’s daughters were also claimed to have visited their in-laws when Halima’s husband’s uncle died just lately and did not self-isolate when they come back to the Villa, sources disclosed.