The need for a total overhauling of the Presidential security apparatus arose as a result of the arrest and detention of a suspected Boko Haram sympathizer within the Presidential bodyguard team of President Muhamadu Buhari.
Investigations showed that the suspect simply identified as corporal Hassan Aminu was arrested by security operatives following a high level intelligence in Abuja, and until his arrest was a key member of the Presidential bodyguard.
Hassan Aminu is said to have a connection to the leader of the Ansaru Islamic Sect, Khalid Albarnawi, second in command to Abubakar Shekau in the hierarchy of the feared Boko Haram Sect. Albanawi was arrested in April 2016, in Kogi state through a joint effort of security agencies in the country. A high ranking security officer who spoke to a correspondent of National Concord on the condition of anonymity said:
“God was just on our side. If he had killed the president what would we have told Nigerians.
Following the arrest, the NSA’s office along with other security chiefs have taken it as a point of duty to ensure that security agents serving in the presidential guard are documented in details to avoid any ugly situation.
“It is not just any security agent that will henceforth serve as presidential bodyguard. We have taken time to know the family background and social influence of any security operative serving in the presidential Villa because you cannot know those who are sympathetic toward the cause of Boko Haram in the security structure”.
According to an authoritative information, sources close to the presidency said the matter is currently a security issue and only the National Security Adviser (NSA) could comment on it.
However, several calls and SMS sent to the presidential media Aide, Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu, in order to confirm the arrest yesterday, were neither answered nor replied.