The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has rejected the directive of the wife of President Buhari, Aisha Buhari, to release her aides who are in police custody.
It was gathered that aides of the First Lady were still in police custody after attacking the Private Secretary to the President, Yusuf Sabiu, aka Tunde, who is a nephew to the President.
“Tunde met the NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, who recently died of COVID-19. He also visited several other places. Instead of going on self-isolation, he decided to return to the Villa and he is one of the few aides that has direct access to the President,” a family member told The Punch.
“The President is almost 80 and he is very vulnerable given his medical history. We advised Tunde not to see the President but he refused and forced his way into the Villa. He was able to get the First Lady’s aides arrested because of the influence he wields.
“We have a rule in the Villa that those who have direct access to the President should reduce their engagement with people. Even the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has been adhering to the rule but Tunde seems to be a law unto himself.”
On the release of Aisha Buhari aides, the source said, “As I speak to you, they have remained in custody, exposing them to possible infection of COVID-19.”
The issue started when Aisha, members of her immediate family and her Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba tried to force Yusuf into self-isolation after he returned from Lagos state, where his wife had a baby.
According to Thisday newspaper, trouble started when the First Lady, Zahra, Halima and Yusuf, accompanied by some of her security aides led by the Aide-de-Camp, went to the residence of Sabiu, who is the President’s nephew, demanding that he (Sabiu) self-isolate for 14 days, so as not to endanger the first family.
It was gathered that Sabiu escaped after gunshots were fired by the First Lady’s ADC in an attempt to apprehend the President’s aide.
He, however, ran into a nearby house of President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, where he reportedly spent the night.
The incident was reported to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who then ordered the arrest of the Aide-de-camp to the First Lady and all the security aides that accompanied her to Sabiu’s residence.