Reports gathered on Saturday from various sources revealed that shots that were reportedly heard inside the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday evening, were fired in an attempt to stop Sabiu Tunde Yusuf from fleeing in a getaway car after refusing to self-isolate on return from a trip as required for COVID-19 containment protocols.
Villa sources disclosed that the shots were fired near the Artillery gate adjacent to the Officers Mess where Tunde had apparently emerged from as he fled from members of the first family who were intent on forcibly sending him to self-isolate on the suspicion that he may have been exposed to some persons who had contact with the late former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.
Baru died recently from complications associated with covid-19.
It was gathered that Tunde emerged from the gate and hopped into a waiting car which was ordered to stop by some police personnel attached to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
The sources also revealed that about four security officers were on the trail of Tunde, who was seen barefooted as he made his way to the gate while stunned onlookers wondered what the matter was seeing one of the closest aides to the president in that uncomplimentary situation.
It was gathered that a struggle ensued between Tunde and the policemen whose effort failed to stop the car from bolting.
“After Tunde jumped in, the driver drove erratically as he was trying to shake off the policemen and almost damaged other cars parked in the area,” a source volunteered.
It was at that point the shots were said to have been released, the source said.
She indicated that some government officials were in violation of the prescribed protocols for the containment of Covid-19 and, therefore, called on authorities to hold such people to account no matter how highly placed.
Mrs. Buhari did not, however, state why her security aides were arrested and detained.