Two Fake Buhari’s Security Aides Arrested In Ekiti For Impersonation, Attempt To Defraud Fayose, Other Unknown Motives

By Lere Olayinka

Two men, who claimed to be President Mohammadu Buhari’s private security aides, were on Saturday, arrested at the Afao-Ekiti country home of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for presenting themselves as staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), with influence over the report of the military panel set up to investigate alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers during the 2014/ 2015 gubernatorial election conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.

The two men, Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader H. claimed that

they already have the preliminary report of the military panel and

that with the cooperation of the governor, they could manipulate the

final report if necessary. They also said the army panel report was

targeted at some top army officers that the Federal Government wanted

to punish.
Governor Fayose, who was suspicious of the men’s real intentions, had

informed the State Commissioner of Police and Director of the State

Security Service, with the Police Commissioner already putting men of

the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on standby.
The two men, in a meeting with the governor presented what they called

photocopy of page three of the preliminary report to show that they

meant business. The purported copy of the page three bore the logo of

the Nigerian Army.
After turning copy of the page three of the purported preliminary

report, the governor gave the impression that he was satisfied with

all that they said and asked them to wait at his waiting room for him

to show appreciation. He then called in the Commissioner of Police and

SSS Director, who in turn asked their men to move in and arrest the

two men.
The identity card found on Abdulsalami Leader H bore “GMB SECURITY”

and it was stated at the back that he (Abdulsalami) is the security of

Gen. Mohammadu Buhari with Number 34, Lobitto Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja

as issuer’s address and 088133636478 and 08057010255 as telephone

numbers. Benedict Ola Idega was with identity card bearing Federal

Capital Development Authority.
The two men, who lodged at a popular hotel along Bank Road, Ado Ekiti

are now being detained at the Police Headquarters, Ado Ekiti alongside

another suspected accomplice, who was found in their hotel room when

policemen visited the hotel for a search.
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New

Media, Lere Olayinka, who confirmed the incident said even though it

has been established that they were impersonators, the real intention

of the men were yet to be ascertained.
He said; “We don’t want to pre-empt the security agents that are

already investigating the incident. But it is certain that they have

ulterior motives. We are also not ruling out the possibility of an

attempt to set-up the governor, obtain money from him under false

pretence or even harm him.
“Therefore, we expect that the security agencies will do their job

thoroughly by ascertaining their real motives and their other

“However, we must say that anyone thinking that report of any military

panel can be used to upturn an electoral victory already upheld by the

Supreme Court, which is the final destination for dispute on

governorship election must be thinking of committing judicial coup

d'état, which by all standard is treason.”