Indication emerged few minutes ago that Usman Shugaba, the Aide De Camp to Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has been released by the police authorities after being arrested and detained since last week.
Usman Shugaba, who was arrested and detained alongside Escort Commander and other security personnel attached to Mrs Buhari, was released earlier on Monday and immediately reassigned to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
A former ADC to Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, Shugaba is believed to have played prominent roles in the invasion of Kogi State with policemen to manipulate the last governorship election in Kogi State.
He is believed to know so many secrets of top aides in the Presidency including those of members of the ‘cabal’, a bunch of individuals with close links to the President and unparalleled influence.
For this reason, Shugaba is seen as a threat especially by this group of persons, who now consider Mrs Buhari to be their major stumbling block in continuing to ‘manipulate’ the President in their favour.
Recall that the latest crisis in Aso Villa leading to the arrest and detention of Shugaba and other security personnel attached to the First Lady started last Monday when Buhari’s Personal Assistant and Private Secretary, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf, refused to embark on a 14-day isolation upon returning from a private trip to Lagos.
After refusing to self-isolate for the said period and forcing his way into Aso Villa, Shugaba and his colleagues rough-handled Yusuf, who later escaped to the residence of Mamman Daura, Buhari’s nephew and member of the ‘cabal’, on Thursday evening.
Subsequently, Yusuf with the active connivance of Buhari’s Chief Security Officer, Idris Kassim, ordered the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, to arrest Shugaba, Escort Commander and other policemen attached to the first family.
It was claimed that gunshots were fired in the process of trying to get Yusuf out of the Villa, thereby breaching security code around the President, who called for a probe into the incident.
As a result of that incident, a full blown war has since emerged between Mrs Buhari, Yusuf and other members of the ‘cabal’ desperate to whittle down her influence in Aso Villa.