By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
Two weeks after the gunshot debacle at the Villa, President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO), Commissioner of Police (CP) Abdulkarim Dauda and approved the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Aliyu Abubakar Musa, as his CPSO.
Dauda’s redeployment May not be unconnected with the brouhaha that ensued between the CPSO and the First Lady’s Aide de Camp that led to a gunshot at the Villa.
But Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued on Monday, said Musa’s appointment followed the redeployment of his predecessor, CP Abdulkarim Dauda.
DCP Musa, from Nigerian Police Force Zone 5, Benin City, as his last station, hails from Niger State.
Recall that penultimate Thursday night, an incident occurred in the Presidential Villa, where the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, fired gunshots in an attempt to force President Buhari’s Special Assistant, Sabiu Yusuf, into self -isolation over COVID-19 fears.
The fiasco started when Yusuf, the President’s nephew, returned to his residence at the precincts of the Presidential Villa, just outside the Pilot gate, after a trip to Lagos, where he had gone to meet his wife who had just delivered a new baby.
Citing COVID-19 protocols, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari 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 the Yusuf’s residence and demanded that he should self-isolate for 14 days, so as not to endanger the first family.
The altercation led to at least two gunshots being fired within the seat of power. Shugaba, and other security aides are already in detention after the ensuing melee, on the order of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The Police High Command is reported to have set up investigation panel made up of DIGs and AIGs to get to the root of what happened and why shots were fired in the State House.
Mrs. Buhari had, on Friday, called on the IG to immediately release her aides who were reportedly detained based on the orders of the Chief Security Officer to the President, Idris Kassim.
She said her call for their release was in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to COVID-19 while in their custody.
The President had in a statement by his spokesman, said that the arrested officials were being investigated and the law should be allowed to take its course.