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NSA Denies Ordering Speaker Tambuwal’s Arrest

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has denied ordering the arrest of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

In a statement released on Saturday by the NSA’s office, it described as “unfair and a total falsehood” reports that the NSA gave the order for Tambuwal’s arrest at a meeting between him, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba.

The director of Special Duties in the NSA’s office Bello Fadile, a retired colonel, said that it is false that the security chief ever held a meeting with the Vice President and the IGP as reported or that he ordered the arrest of the Speaker as he had been outside the country on national assignment.

“It is not only untrue and mere fabricated reports that the NSA met with the VP and ordered the arrest of Hon Tambuwal. The fact is that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been outside the country since Wednesday on pressing national security issues.

There had been reports in the media, particularly online news platforms, that the IGP had been instructed by the Vice President or the NSA to arrest the Speaker following the botched attempt by the police to stop the House from holding a session on Thurday.

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