The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , has ordered the redeployment of about 20 presidential bodyguards over the recent shooting incident at the State House , Abuja .
The personnel, from the Department of State Services and the National Intelligence Agency , were withdrawn from the Presidential Villa over their failure to manage the situation, which led to the firing of gunshots within the Villa penultimate Thursday .
They are expected to be replaced with new ones immediately.
The shooting sparked panic that the President was in danger , but the Presidency later disclosed that Buhari had ordered a probe into the incident .
The shooting occurred when the President ’ s wife , Aisha , and three of her children –Zahra , Halima and Yusuf – as well as some of her security aides , led by her Aide- de-Camp , CSP Usman Shugaba ; and the escort commander , DSP Sheriff Kazeem , stormed the residence of a nephew and Personal Assistant to the President , Sabiu Yusuf , at House 8 by the Pilot Gate of the Presidential Villa , at night .
The security operatives were detained on Friday , but were released on Monday .
Reports on Thursday that the bodyguards were fired by Buhari on Wednesday after a review of the incident, as well as the breach of Presidential security , which occurred in Kebbi, Kebbi State, on March 13, 2020 .
The official said , “About 20 bodyguards were posted out of the Villa on Wednesday for the incident involving the security aides to the President’ s wife and other past issues.
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“ These include the incident in Kebbi, when someone attempted to breach the Presidential security while the President was taking photographs with the Kebbi State Governor and other dignitaries . ”
Buhari was in Kebbi to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival , when an intruder , identified as Mohamed Gundarre , rushed towards him .
Gundarre later explained that he simply wished to shake hands with the President , stating that he did not know that his action amounted to a security breach .
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