The two media aides of President Muhammadu Buhari released a conflicting statement on the armed robbery attack on Aso Rock Presidential Villa, causing a confusion in Presidency and for the general public.
Recall that DAILY GIST had earlier reported that the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja was reportedly invaded by a gang of armed robbers who escaped with lot of many valuables.
It was reported that the residences of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as that of an admin officer Abubakar Maikano within the premises of the Villa were specifically targeted.
Reacting to the news, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said the Chief of Staff has confirmed that there was an attempt to burgle his house around 3 am on Monday morning but added that the attempt was not successful.
He added that Gambari’s house is located on the next street to the Villa and there is nothing to worry about.
The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 10, 2021
He wrote: “The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.”
“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”
Although a check by DAILY GIST aftermath shows Garba Shehu, has deleted the tweet on the attempt to burgle the residence of another Aso Rock officials
The presidential spokesman had said the suspect behind the incident was captured on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), adding that the police were on his trail.
But surprisingly, he deleted the tweet and posted a fresh one that had no information on the CCTV part.
It is unclear if Shehu expunged that part because he felt it could hamper the investigation which he said was ongoing.
However, the personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad in his own reaction to the news that armed robbers invaded Aso Rock Presidential Villa and carted away many valuable items on Sunday, described the report as “an exclusive fake news.”
He wrote: “An exclusive FAKE NEWS from this news blog, that is what is expected from you, fake news and more fake news.”
An exclusive FAKE NEWS from this news blog, that is what is expected from you, fake news and more fake news. https://t.co/5lmrltKIwG
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 10, 2021
Following the two counter statements by the two presidential media aides, Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to mock the presidency, urging it to put its house in order.
See some of the reactions on Twitter.
Bashir got intercepted by Garba Shehu aka the presidency. 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/fNfXhpFT8H
— Uche Samuel (@uchesame) May 10, 2021
Gazette released exclusive that they robbed at Aso Rock and they pointed it out clearly that Chief of Staff was robbed, Bashir came out to debunk and called it fake news. Garba Shehu confirmed that they burgled CoS house. Confused Presidency. Gazette 1, Presidency -1.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) May 10, 2021
Aso Rock: How it started by Bashir vs How it's going by Garba Shehu. 😂 pic.twitter.com/m6Ih1qgRSy
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) May 10, 2021
Garba Shehu and Ahmad Bashir didn't rehearse the script before coming on social media tonight?
Both are saying different things. Fire & confusion in the camp of the enemy 🤣🤣
— Uncle Wilsøn™ (@iam_wilsons) May 10, 2021
Bashir debunking the robbery news.
Garba shehu corroborating its occurrence.
What a confused presidency!
— Zeal (@Medico_Zeal) May 10, 2021
Na for TL Bashir and Tolu dey get updates from Presidency.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) May 10, 2021
Person wey dey leak Villa news to People's Gazette no dey Bashir or Tolu dem level.
Na Oga Oga.
— Malachy Odo II (@MalachyOdo1) May 10, 2021
Oga Bashir called the news fake, on the other hand Oga Garba said the chief of staff confirmed there was an attempted break in. I am confused which one do you people want us to go with. Smh pic.twitter.com/bCq3QT3w8l
— SHY VIRGIN 👤 (@teftuzi) May 10, 2021
You people should add Bashir to the WhatsApp group naaa 😩😩 https://t.co/K0AYbod9K1
— FOLA (@TheFavoredWoman) May 10, 2021