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Security operatives raid Atiku’s private jet after returning from Dubai

Valentine Chinyem



Security operatives today raided the private jet that brought back the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar

This was made known by Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, who confirmed this to the cable.

It was gathered that the private jet conveying Atiku from Dubai landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 1:30am, into the waiting arms of the security operatives.

Sources in the know of the incident told TheCable the DSS operatives searched Atiku and the jet, alongside officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigeria Customs Service.

More so, the combined security team, who said they had an arrest warrant to search the PDP presidential candidate, were looking for implicating items including foreign currencies.

They were said to have stripped everything including the luggage and had also searched the pilot and co-pilot.

It was, however, gathered the operatives found nothing implicating during the operation.

Writing via his Twitter handle, Atiku said the search was aimed at intimidating him.

“I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff,” he wrote.

“I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.”

However, the Minister of Aviation, Hida Sirika, has denied any wrongdoing, claiming it was only a routine search.