SWITZERLAND, JUNE 16 – Usman Shugaba, Aide De Camp to Mrs Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady, has been released by the police authorities and redeployed after being arrested and detained since last week alongside other security personnel attached to Mrs Buhari.
This follows an altercation between the First Lady, and a personal assistant and nephew of the President, Sabiu Yusuf, also known as Tunde, last Thursday, at the Presidential Villa.
According to media sources, Aso Villa sources have revealed that Shugaba was released earlier on Monday and immediately reassigned to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Today’s Echo gathers Shugaba is former ADC to Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello,
The clash between aides of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, and Mr Yusuf in the State House reportedly occurred after Mr Yusuf refused to embark on 14 days self-isolation as directed by Mrs Buhari having just returned from a trip outside Abuja.
According to media sources, the suspicion that the president’s nephew may have been one of the passengers that had travelled to London on a private jet led to the first lady and her children insisting he isolates so as not to put the president in danger.
It was also alleged that he did not initially receive the permission of the Federal Ministry of Aviation to embark on the illegal journey and that it was close to flight departure that calls were made to Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to pressurise him into granting the flight permission.
Mr Yusuf reportedly said he had been directed by the president not to embark on the self-solation, a process recommended by health agencies to ensure a traveller is not carrying the coronavirus.
Two of President Buhari’s daughters, Halima and Zahra reportedly both approached Yusuf and passionately asked him to leave the residence of the President in Aso Villa to self-isolate as there were strong suspicions that he travelled to the UK and could have contracted Coronavirus.
Media sources said Buhari’s daughters were jittery that their father could contract the virus from Yusuf due to his old age and that lately the President has developed a cold twice.
“While engaging Yusuf, Halima and Zahra pushed him and this led to a breakdown of law and order as he fought back by pushing Halima to the ground.
The ADC to their mother and her escort commander seized the opportunity to thoroughly beat Yusuf, who had to run for his life.
Security aides chased after Yusuf to continue the beating but he was lucky to scale the fence and escape into Daura’s compound.
“Seeing him climb the fence, DSS operatives in the vicinity shot into the air,” a media source said.
However, some sources from Mrs Buhari’s camp have claimed that it was members of Yusuf’s security detail that fired the first shot.
The police have since arrested Mr Shugaba and other police security details attached to the first lady, a move condemned by Mrs Buhari who called for their release.
“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,” Mrs Buhari wrote on Twitter on Friday.
However, neither the president nor the Inspector-General of the Police heeded her request.
The presidency responded on Sunday, insisting that the law should take its course, a hint that the embattled ADC would not be let off the hook.
In his statement on Sunday, presidential aide, Mr Garba Shehu said the “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 authorised 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,” he said describing the incident as ‘minor occurence.’