A statement on Sunday by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, says his boss, has ordered a probe into the alleged shooting in the innermost precinct of Nigeria’s seat of power, Aso Rock.
There had been reports of gunshots and a breach of security within the Presidential Villa recently as a result of acrimonious altercation between members of the first family and officials of the Presidency.
The statement said that some staff and occupants of the State House have been arrested in relation to the incident by the police.
It read in part, ”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 any time 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 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.
”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.”