From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Disturbed over the alleged harassment of the Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal by soldiers stationed at a conference venue in Kaduna on Monday, National Security Adviser ( NSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki has ordered for an investigation into the matter.
It could be recalled that the Speaker’s car was searched by soldiers as he tried to enter a venue of the international conference in Kaduna, where he was to deliver a speech.
Peoples Daily gathered from a top security source, who denounced the purported story in the national dailies that soldiers insisted on searching the official vehicle of the Speaker Tambuwal. “There was no attempt by soldiers and other security agents to search the Speaker’s vehicle and all dignitaries and participants were accorded due respect” he said.
According to him, the presence of security agents at the venue was for the safety of the top dignitaries including Governors of Kaduna; Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Niger; Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and the Deputy Governor of Plateau states as well as the NSA, service chiefs and traditional leaders had their vehicles searched.
“Detectives from the Department of State Services were trying to verify whether or not it was the actual vehicle of the Speaker and he hurriedly disembarked and walked to the hall. The service chiefs parked their vehicles 300 meters away from the venue and walked,” he said.
The source further added that Speaker Tambuwal was fully aware of security protocols because “anytime he comes to Mambilla Barracks for Friday prayers his vehicles are verified. It is customary”.