Two men who disguised as President Buhari’s private security aides have been arrested at the Afao-Ekiti country home of the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The two men, Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader H., presented themselves as staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), with influence over the report of the military panel set up to investigate alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers during the 2014/ 2015 gubernatorial election conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.
According to reports, the men said that although they have the preliminary report of the military panel but if the governor can cooperate, they can help him manipulate the final report if necessary. This got Governor Fayose suspicious. He informed the state commissioner of Police and director of the State Security Service and the Police commissioner had his men on standby.
Idega and Leader, in a meeting with Fayose presented what they tagged photocopy of page three of the preliminary report to show that they meant business. The purported copy of the page three bore the logo of the Nigerian Army.
After turning copy of the page three of the purported preliminary report, the governor gave the impression that he was satisfied with all that they said and asked them to wait at his waiting room for him to show appreciation. He then called in the Commissioner of Police and SSS Director, who in turn asked their men to move in and arrest the two men.
When searched, the identity card found on Abdulsalami Leader H had “GMB Security” and it was stated at the back that he (Abdulsalami) is the security of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari with Number 34, Lobitto Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja as issuer’s address and 088133636478 and 08057010255 as telephone numbers. Benedict Ola Idega was with identity card bearing Federal Capital Development Authority.
The two men, who lodged at a popular hotel along Bank Road, Ado Ekiti are now being detained at the Police Headquarters, Ado Ekiti alongside another suspected accomplice, who was found in their hotel room when policemen visited the hotel for a search.
The special assistant to the governor on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, who confirmed the incident said:
“We don’t want to pre-empt the security agents that are already investigating the incident. But it is certain that they have ulterior motives. We are also not ruling out the possibility of an attempt to set-up the governor, obtain money from him under false pretence or even harm him.
“Therefore, we expect that the security agencies will do their job thoroughly by ascertaining their real motives and their other accomplices.
“However, we must say that anyone thinking that report of any military panel can be used to upturn an electoral victory already upheld by the Supreme Court, which is the final destination for dispute on governorship election must be thinking of committing judicial coup d’état, which by all standard is treason.”
Just recently, gunmen assassinated the driver Of Governor Fayose’s aide.