Two phony private security aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have been arrested at the Afao-Ekiti country home of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in an attempt to defraud the latter.
The fraudulent pair impersonated staff of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, claiming that they had influence over the report of the military panel set up to investigate alleged involvement of soldiers and officers in partisan politics during the 2014/2015 governorship election in Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.
However, before their arrival, Governor Fayose had already alerted the State Commissioner of Police and Director of the State Security Service, who had deployed on standby, men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The duo- Benedict Ola Idega and Abdulsalami Leader- had informed Fayose that they were in possession of the preliminary report of the military panel. They urged him to cooperate with them, so as to assist him in manipulating the final report.
They also told Fayose that the army panel report was specifically targeted at some top army officers that the Federal Government intended to punish.
In a meeting with the governor, Idega and Leader presented a photocopy of page three of the preliminary report to show that they meant business.
Fayose played along and gave the impression that he was on board with their demands, and asked them to wait in his waiting room for him to show appreciation, after which, he called the Commissioner of Police and SSS Director.
The two men are 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.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, has confirmed the incident, while adding that the reall intention of the impersonators remain to be determined.
“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 accomplices.”
“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.”