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Buhari: London Police Invited To Arrest Guardian Journalist Investigating President’s Whereabouts

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The Guardian reports that security staff at the Abuja House in London on Sunday, February, 20, 2017 called in policemen to arrest one of its correspondents who was on the premises to see President Muhammadu Buhari and possibly interview him.

When he asked to see the president, the reporter was told by a member of staff at the Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner to the United Kingdom, that “As far as I’m concerned, he’s not here.”

The reporter continued to keep watch and at 2:50 p.m., a black Mercedes jeep arrived,

“Why are you here?” the occupant sitting by the driver asked the reporter. “He’s not here, you can’t see anybody here,” he said, when the reporter repeated that he was there to see the president.

The security staff thereafter reportedly called on two police officers, Constables Marlett and Stock, to arrest the reporter. When both arrived on their motorcycles, they took the reporter’s name and date of birth and subsequently made a check on the national database, before staying around for about 20 minutes and then left.

According to the report:

Prior to that, the security staff threatened the reporter with the police when he called at the Kensington residence to interview President Buhari about his continued stay in the UK.

A few minutes after The Guardian arrived at the Abuja House, just after 1:00 p.m., wanting to speak to the high commissioner, the reporter was directed to go to the Embassy- Nigerian House at Northumberland Avenue. “Somebody should be there,” he was told.

Around 1:20 p.m., when a man and a teenage-looking girl wearing glasses pressed the buzzer, a security officer appeared to open the gate for the duo. When asked:”Is that the daughter of the president?” – judging by her resemblance of the First Lady- the security officer replied: “I don’t know.” He then reiterated that the reporter should go to the office at Northumberland Avenue.

When The Guardian pressed the buzzer about five minutes later, the security man sounded angry and threatened to call the police even when the reporter disclosed his identity and said he had come to speak to the president or any member of staff of the residence. “You should realise this is a private place and I will call the police,” he said. When he was immediately corrected and told that the reporter was standing outside in a public place, he then said:” l won’t speak to you again.”

But around 1:40 p.m., when two guests arrived, the reporter shook hand with one of them and asked, “have you come to see Mr. President?” He replied cheerfully, saying “yes”, but he didn’t enter the compound. He left about 15 minutes later.

Another security officer came out shortly after and told the reporter to move away from the main gate. “Excuse me, you can’t just stand here,” he said.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was also at Abuja House, a strong indication that Buhari may actually be there. At 5:13p.m., Saraki emerged from the house in a black suit, accompanied by a male aide.

“Hello, Senate president, hello Senate president,” The Guardian said to him from outside the gate, before he entered an official car and was driven away.

Hattip to The Scoop

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