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Security Staff at Abuja House London calls Police after Reporter Requested to See President Buhari



President Buhari receives Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, and Ahmed Lawan at Abuja House, London

Police officers were called to arrest a reporter from The Guardian who was at Abuja House, London to see President Muhammadu Buhari and possibly get an interview with him.

President Buhari, according to the Presidency, had received several visitors including All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu and the Party’s BoT Chairman, Bisi Akande, as well as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan.

His wife, Aisha Buhari had also also paid him a visit.

According to The Guardian, when the correspondent told a member of staff at the Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner to the United Kingdom, yesterday afternoon that he had come to see the president, he replied: “As far as I’m concerned, he’s not here.”

The report, authored by Tunde Oyedoyin read:

At 2:50 p.m., when a black Mercedes jeep arrived, the occupant sitting by the driver rolled down the glass and asked the The Guardian correspondent, “why are you here?” “When I told him that l was a reporter with The Guardian and l had come to see if the president was there and to interview him, he looked quite irritated and replied angrily: ‘he’s not here, you can’t see anybody here.’ “

In an extraordinary move, two police officers, Constables Marlett and Stock, were called in by the security staff at the Abuja House to arrest the reporter. When both arrived on their motorcycles, they took the reporter’s name and date of birth and subsequently made a check on the national database, before staying around for about 20 minutes and then left.

Prior to that, the security staff threatened the reporter with the police when he called at the Kensington residence to interview President Buhari about his continued stay in the UK.

A few minutes after The Guardian arrived at the Abuja House, just after 1:00 p.m., wanting to speak to the high commissioner, the reporter was directed to go to the Embassy- Nigerian House at Northumberland Avenue. “Somebody should be there,” he was told.

Around 1:20 p.m., when a man and a teenage-looking girl wearing glasses pressed the buzzer, a security officer appeared to open the gate for the duo. When asked:”Is that the daughter of the president?” – judging by her resemblance of the First Lady- the security officer replied: “I don’t know.” He then reiterated that the reporter should go to the office at Northumberland Avenue.

When The Guardian pressed the buzzer about five minutes later, the security man sounded angry and threatened to call the police even when the reporter disclosed his identity and said he had come to speak to the president or any member of staff of the residence. “You should realise this is a private place and I will call the police,” he said. When he was immediately corrected and told that the reporter was standing outside in a public place, he then said:” l won’t speak to you again.”

But around 1:40 p.m., when two guests arrived, the reporter shook hand with one of them and asked, “have you come to see Mr. President?” He replied cheerfully, saying “yes”, but he didn’t enter the compound. He left about 15 minutes later.

Another security officer came out shortly after and told the reporter to move away from the main gate. “Excuse me, you can’t just stand here,” he said.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was also at Abuja House, a strong indication that Buhari may actually be there. At 5:13p.m., Saraki emerged from the house in a black suit, accompanied by a male aide.

“Hello, Senate president, hello Senate president,” The Guardian said to him from outside the gate, before he entered an official car and was driven away.



  1. Bee

    February 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    All this cloak and dagger moves with the President of Nigeria in the center is mindboggling and simply irritating to say the least. It has been one month since we were told he was waiting for results of medical tests… which in my opinion is the lamest excuse they could ever come up with. Till now no new info on the status of the tests.. whether UK medical doctors and lab personnel are on strike.. who knows. Noone is asking questions, innocent citizens are being arrested left and right for airing their opinions. how much longer can this façade last?

  2. Xristybabes

    February 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Hmmmmmm.this is really crazy!!!

  3. Iris

    February 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Were they really expecting him to be arrested? They think it is Nigeria where you can just ‘Call police for someone.’ Mtchew.

  4. Henry

    February 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Tell us he is dead if that is the case. A country with a ghost leader is a country with no future. He’s taking to opportunity to pack money to overseas, yet he’s fighting corruption. Very BAD.

  5. Henry

    February 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    “”Taking the opportunity””

  6. Benson Ossai

    February 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Tired with this issue.Where ever the president is whether he is in planet earth ooo or another planet receiving treatment i wish him well.Osinbanjo ain’t doing badly.I heard that he spent 7 hours brainstorming with the ministers during FEC?Ok ooh.As for me i am just thinking deeply and looking for strategy on how to move my start up to another level.

  7. Pink

    February 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Our President is playing hide and seek with us while are economy is seeking new lows to hit daily.
    What a country!

  8. Victor Adegoke

    February 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Despite the circumstances, we should pray for the health of the President. His well-being is to our own interest.

  9. Prince

    February 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I seriously don’t know what to say again about this issue. Buhari just proved to Nigerians that they mean nothing to him and he only came to power to have the good time he’s always long for. He’s shameless, insensitive and dumb.

    • Razor

      February 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Very insensitive

  10. Oliver

    February 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Did you book appointment mr jornan? Or u think naija president is your village headmaster?

  11. Deb

    February 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Are we to think all those who visited Bukharin took pictures with his wax figure. Someone that cant even skype Nigeria. During the campaign Zarah was vocal. This is not a moment to be quiet. Is he in a coma,?

  12. tunmi

    February 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you The Guardian!!!!!!!!!!

  13. binadam

    February 21, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Our president and the entire country needs prayer,let put our heads together to find solution to our problems.

  14. binadam

    February 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Ibn Adam musa Dakwa:may the almighty Allah bless nigeria and guide our leaders right.

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