Search of Tambuwal’s car: NSA orders probe

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 24th, 2014
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National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki has ordered an investigation into the alleged search of House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Wazari Tambuwal’s car on Monday at a  conference in Kaduna.

A top security source told The Nation yesterday in Kaduna that the NSA ordered that the incident, which was widely reported in the media, be investigated, adding however that the soldiers on guard never insisted on searching the Speaker’s car.

According to the source, who pleaded not to be named, “there was never an attempt by soldiers and other security agents to search the Speaker’s vehicle as all dignitaries and participants were accorded due respect.”

He explained that what happened was that “detectives from the Department of State Security Services and other security operatives were trying to verify whether or not it was actually the Speaker’s vehicle when he hurriedly disembarked and walked to the conference hall. The service chiefs parked their vehicles 300 meters away from the venue and trekked.”

The source said the Speaker was aware of such security protocols because anytime “he comes to Mambilla Barracks for Friday prayers, his vehicles are always verified. It is customary.”

He said the presence of security agents at the venue was for the safety of everybody present there, adding that other top dignitaries, including the Governors Mukhtar Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Mu’azu Babangida Alliyu (Niger), the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, the NSA, service chiefs and traditional leaders had their vehicles searched”.

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