ABUJA. — The Nigerian presidency has completely overhauled the presidential security apparatus following the arrest and detention of a suspected Boko Haram sympathiser within President Muhamadu Buhari’s bodyguards, Frontiersnews has reported.
Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that security operatives arrested the suspect simply identified as Corporal Hassan Aminu, following a high level intelligence in Abuja, and reports say that he had been taken into custody for interrogation.
The suspect who is said to be linked to the leader of the Ansaru Islamic Sect, Khalid Albarnawi, second in command to Abubakar Shekau in the hierarchy of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, until his arrest was a key member of the presidential bodyguard.
Albanawi was arrested in April 2016, in Kogi state by a combined effort of security agencies in the country.
A top security source who spoke to our correspondent, on condition of anonymity said: “God was just on our side.
“If he had killed the president, what would we have told Nigerians,” the source said.
The source stated further that “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 detail to avoid any ugly situation”.
The armed forces, police and the department of state security service formed the core from which bodyguards to the president were selected.
“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,” the source said.
Following the arrest of Aminu, it was learnt that all the security personnel serving in the presidential security are being properly documented to guard against the infiltration of the ranks by any potential terrorists. — National Accord/Vanguard/HR.