- The DSS has said its operatives did not shoot and kill an intruder who broke through the Nigerian president's security perimeter in Kebbi
- The service said in a statement that the man identified as Guddare was stopped by security officials and detained for further investigation
- DSS spokesperson Afunnaya said an initial investigation, however, showed that Guddare was just an overzealous supporter of Buhari
- Some operatives in the presidential security detail are also being dealt with for negligence
Several days after a video of a man trying to move too close to President Muhammadu Buhari during a visit to Kebbi state on Thursday, March 12 went viral, the Department of State Services (DSS) has explained what really happened.
The DSS made clarifications in a statement released by its spokesperson Peter Afunnaya late on Saturday, March 14 and posted on PR Nigeria.
The secret police identified the intruder as Mohammed Jammil Guddare and said he was trying to shake hands with the Nigerian leader.
Guddare's action breached the presidential security protocol and he was stopped by the operatives.
The man was arrested and detained for further investigation.
DSS said the initial result of its investigation is that Guddare was not a hostile person but an overzealous supporter of President Buhari.
The secret police denied reports that the intruder was shot and killed after he tried to break security protocol to attack the Nigerian leader.
Meanwhile, the secret police said it is still reviewing footage of the incident and will punish the operatives that allowed it to occur.
The presidency had dismissed reports alleging that Buhari was attacked in Kebbi state on Thursday when he went to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president media and publicity, in a statement explained that while the president was taking photographs with farmers at the event, a young man was so very excited to see the president so close that he made an attempt to get to him.
Legit.ng also quoted a report by Daily Trust as dismissing claims that the unidentified man who attempted to move towards the Nigerian leader on Thursday, March 12, in Argungu, Kebbi state was shot.
The president was in the state for the 2020 Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
The video shows the moment the man was moving close to Buhari but was stopped in his tracks.
It was believed that the man had penetrated Nigeria’s number 1 citizen's tight security and attempted to go close to him before Buhari’s security detail prevented him.
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