Government and Politics

Gunshots at the Villa: President Buhari says “the law will take its course


President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will not intervene in the arrest of some aides of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari; stating that the ” the law will take its course”.
The aides of the First Lady were arrested on Thursday in connection with a fracas involving gunshots at the Presidential Villa.

In a press statement released by the spokesman of the Presisident, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari stated emphatically :” the law should be allowed to take its course”.

The aides of the First Lady were arrested when one of them shot at Buhari’s special assistant Sabiu Yusuf, a.k.a Tunde Idiagbon last Thursday.
The imbrogolio began when the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, attempted to force Yusuf into self -isolation over COVID-19 fears.
Yusuf had returned from Lagos to his residence near the Presidential Villa.

He went to Lagos to visit with his wife who had just delivered a baby.
Yusuf was also said to have met the late GMD of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, who died recently of COVID-19 related illness
He refused to leave the Villa, despite the intervention of Aisha Buhari and three of her children.

In an attempt to arrest Yusuf, the First Lady’s ADC fired gunshots at him.
Yusuf escaped and returned to arrest the aides of Aisha Buhari.

The police are yet to release the aides. Aisha wanted them released or replaced immediately.
According to the Vanguard Newspaper, she reportedly told IGP: “You don’t play with the protection of the First Family”.

This is the statement by the Presidential Spoke Person:
The Presidency wishes to acknowledge concerns expressed by several members of the public regarding the recent incident among the occupants of the State House which escalation led to the arrest of some staff by the police.

This is to assure all and everyone that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, is not, and was not at anytime in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel which is currently under investigation.

This particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President.

Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.

Having authorized the proper investigation to be carried out into this unfortunate incident by the Police, the President has acted in compliance with the rule of law.

That a minor occurrence is being used by some critics to justify attacks on the government and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari beggars belief.
In this particular instance, the President says the law should be allowed to take its course.

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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