The presidency has reacted to the security breach which occurred at the Presidential Villaon Thursday night, when the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, attempted to force Pres. Buhari’s Special Assistant, Sabiu Yusuf, into self -isolation over COVID-19 fears.
Trouble started when Sabiu, President Buhari’s nephew, returned to his residence at the Presidential Villa, after a trip to Lagos where he had gone to meet his wife who just delivered a new baby.
Citing COVID-19 protocols, sources said, the First Lady, Aisha, and three of her children, Zahra, Halima and Yusuf, accompanied by some of her security aides led by the Aide-de-Camp, on Thursday night, went to Sabiu’a residence to demand that he should self-isolate for 14 days, so as not to endanger the first family.
The encounter was said to have degenerated into a heated argument as he insisted he was not the only aide to travel to Lagos saying that the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is in Lagos every weekend till he settles in Abuja, and wondered why the double standard requiring his self isolation for visiting his own wife who just delivered a new baby.
Gunshots were later fired by the First Lady’s ADC in an attempt to apprehend Sabiu, who allegedly had to breach walls to run for his life and escape to the nearby residence of President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, where he spent the night.
It was gathered that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, later ordered the arrest of the Aide-de-camp to the first lady and all the security aides that accompanied her to Sabiu’s residence.
Their arrest was premised on the fact that firing of gunshots, no matter the provocation in the presidency and around the president, was a major security breach.