- Tony Iwelu, the chief security officer to the minister of transportation dies of electrocution in a Kaduna hotel
- The ministry of transportation says Iwelu was electrocuted by a shower rose in Stone Edge Hotel, Kaduna
- The late security operative was said to have lodged in the hotel shortly after an official assignment before the incident
The chief security officer to Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation has died of electrocution in Abuja.
The officer, Tony Iwelu, was said to have died on Monday, February 17, following an electric shock in his hotel room in Kaduna, The Cable reports.
The ministry of transportation in a statement on Tuesday, February 18, through its spokesperson, Eric Ojiekwe, said the officer died in the hotel shortly after he arrived from an official assignment in the state.
The ministry stated that Iwelu was electrocuted by a shower rose in Stone Edge Hotel, Kaduna where he lodged after an official assignment.
The security operative had a wife and three children.
Meanwhile, a report by the Channels TV indicates that there is an uneasy calm in the presidency following the revelation of a dispute between Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno.
Legit.ng reports that in a leaked memo sent to the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu, with the president and the chief of staff, as well as some ministers in the copy, the NSA accused Kyari of usurping the powers of the president and interfering on issues of national security.
Monguno explained that many gains recorded in the effort to secure the nation were being undermined owing to the interference of Kyari who allegedly presides over meetings with service chiefs, heads of secrity agencies and diplomatic officials in the absence of the NSA.
He, therefore, directed the security chiefs not to take orders from the chief of staff as he is not the head of the security forces, neither has he sworn an oath to defend the country.
In another report, the PDP on Monday, February 17, reacted to the disagreement between Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), the NSA and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff (CoS) Abba Kyari.
Legit.ng gathered that Monguno had accused Kyari of hijacking the coordination of security leadership and keeping him on the sidelines when it comes to making strategic decisions in national security operations.
The country’s main opposition in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiya, its national publicity secretary, noted that the disagreement is a national tragedy
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