Presidency breaks silence on ‘gunshots in Aso Rock’


The presidency has broken its silence on the alleged shooting at the presidential villa involving security officers attached to Aisha Buhari, the first lady.

On Friday, the security officers were reported to have confronted Sabiu Yusuf, personal assistant of the president, on the order of the first lady.

The security aides of the first lady were later arrested and detained by the police.

The first lady had asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), to release her aides.

The presidency initially did not react to the incident which elicited wild rumours and speculations.

But in a statement on Sunday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the president has ordered an investigation into the incident.

”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,” he said.

”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.”