The Nigerian Police are to restore Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s security detail as he has emerged the governorship candidate for APC in Sokoto State. His security detail was withdrawn weeks ago in a very controversial and criticised move over his defection from the ruling PDP political party to the APC. According to Sahara Reporters, an insider revealed
“We still believe the Speaker is not entitled to security based on his decision to defect. The constitution is very clear on that, and we are defending our position well in court.
“However, since Tambuwal is now a candidate of a major political party in Sokoto, convention requires that the Police protects him. The Federal Government takes the security of leading candidates very seriously as such we will restore security to Tambuwal and at the same time provide same for all the leading candidates in all states of the Federation.
“If the Police feels at any given time that the security of candidates is under threat, we are bound by law to come in and provide security. If you recall really well, the governorship candidate of the then ruling ANPP was murdered in Borno very close to the election, since then we reviewed our internal security arrangements and decided to notch security around candidates a bit high,” the source stated.
When asked if the same number of men earlier withdrawn from Tambuwal will be restored, the source declined to answer, saying only that the police high command will determine such a decision.