Security operatives exchange blows as Buhari visits Kaduna


Security operatives exchanged blows on Thursday when President Muhammadu Buhari landed in Kaduna State on a two-day working visit.

The clash occurred when operatives of the Department of State Services blocked access to Kawo bridge immediately after the president mounted it.

The blockage affected other vehicles, including those of the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, dignitaries and other state officials.

However, El-Rufai was not affected as he had earlier alighted from his official vehicle and joined the president’s convoy to the bridge.

While El-Rufai aide-de-camp’s team insisted that the governor’s official vehicle must be allowed access, the president’s security aides reportedly refused.

Also, journalists and other dignitaries were barred from accessing the Kawo bridge after El-Rufai and the president’s mounted it.

The incident caused operatives from both personalities to clash before normalcy returned.

While inaugurating the bridge, Buhari said he was impressed by the efforts of the governor.

He said that the transformation of the Kaduna metropolis was massive that even himself (Buhari) could hardly find his way in the town.

“I have been in Kaduna all the time but can hardly find my way now; you have changed Kaduna; you are writing your history in letters of Gold,” Buhari told the governor while inaugurating the Murtala Muhammad Square.

El-Rufai said the re-modeled Murtala Muhammed Square was first built in the 1970s and handed over to the Kaduna State Government by the Federal Government.