Two men, fronting to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s private security aides, were at the weekend, arrested at the Afao-Ekiti country home of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for presenting themselves as staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader presented themselves as staff of the 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 governorship election conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.
They claimed that they already had the preliminary report of the military panel and that with the cooperation of the governor, they could manipulate the final report if necessary.
Speaking further, they said the army panel report was targeted at some top army officers that the Federal Government wanted to punish.
Vanguard reports that the two men, in a meeting with the governor presented what they called a photocopy of page three of the preliminary report to show that they meant business.
Governor Fayose, after glancing at the purported preliminary report, gave a positive nod and asked them to wait in his waiting room so he can reward them bountifully.
Governor Fayose, who was suspicious of the men’s real intentions, then called in the State Commissioner of Police and Director of the State Security Service, who in turn asked their men to move in and arrest the two men.
The identity card found on Abdulsalami Leader H bore “GMB SECURITY” and it was stated at the back that he (Abdulsalami) act as security for President Muhammadu Buhari with Number 34, Lobitto Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja as issuer’s address and 088133636478 and 08057010255 as telephone numbers.
While, Benedict Ola Idega was with the identity card bearing Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA.
It was learnt that 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.
While confirming the incident, Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, said even though it has been established that they were impersonators, the real intention of the men was yet to be ascertained.
He 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.”