The power tussle between different security agencies in the presidential villa, Abuja has claimed another victim as President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday fired his Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa.
Though the presidency has yet to officially announce the development, it was gathered that Mr. Mani may be heading to Bayelsa state on transfer.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, declined to speak on the development and directed all enquiries on the matter to the State Security Service.
“I don’t speak on security matters, so you may have to ask the SSS,” Mr. Adesina
It was gathered that the CSO was fired as a result of several complaints to President Buhari that he was unnecessarily overzealous and has been preventing several visitor from seeing the president.
President was said to have ordered Mr. Mani removed from the presidential villa following repeated complaints that he was blocking people with genuine appointments from having access to the President.
“He was becoming excessively overzealous and overbearing,” one source said.
Mr. Mani first angered Mr. Buhari when he engaged the president’s aide-de-camp in what appeared a power struggle.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that pushed personnel of Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service, wee banished from getting close to the President or mounting guards or patrolling areas inside the presidential villa.
Under the present arrangement, the operatives are only to guard the “outer perimeter” of the presidential villa.
The presidency claimed, through Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, that there were “routine adjustments” of security personnel at the Aso Rock Villa. He denied that the president ordered the expulsion of the SSS personnel from the premises.
A presidential memo showed the nature of the directive barring the SSS (also known as DSS) from the villa.
The memo, written by Mr. Buhari’s Aide de Camp, Mohammed Abubakar, on June 24 and distributed to key officials in the Villa stated that from then on, “DSS personnel have been redeployed from some duty beats/locations”.