DSS denies killing man who breached protocol to reach Buhari in Kebbi

Muhammadu Buhari

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied killing a man who breached protocol on Thursday to reach President Muhammadu Buhari at the grand finale of the Argungu Fishing Festival in Kebbi State.

Mohammed Guddare beat security operatives to get close to the president who was posing for photographs with other dignitaries.

In a statement on Saturday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the secret police said preliminary investigation showed that Mr Guddare was an ‘overzealous enthusiast’ of the President.

“The Department of State Services wishes to dismiss reports making the rounds that presidential details killed the intruder that tried to break the security cordon to attack the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR at Argungu, Kebbi State on 12th March 2020,” the statement read.

“The Service wishes to clarify the issue as follows: One Mohammed Jammil Guddare made overzealous but futile attempt to have an unauthorised handshake with the President thus breaching security protocols.

“He was stopped by security details and arrested for a thorough investigation.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that he is not a hostile person but an overzealous enthusiast of the President.”

The DSS, however, said it has begun disciplinary action against its personnel found to have been ‘negligent’ while on Buhari’s entourage on that day.

“The Service has reviewed the video of the incident and is taking measures against its personnel found to have been negligent in their duties,” it said.