Nigeria’s police boss, Ibrahim Idris has led a “high powered” police delegation to London, capital of England to visit with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.
This move is against the backdrop of speculations about the true state of health of the president who is currently on a 10-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The delegation, Vanguard reports, departed Nigeria on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and included the DIG in charge finance and administration, Shuiabu Gambo; the commissioner of police in charge of monitoring unit, Umar Garba, and other top ranking officers.
The officers flew out of the country from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in the morning.
Asked reasons for the impromptu visit, the source declined comments but confirmed the trip was a top secret and planned at short notice.
Rumours about the health status of the president continue to swirl on cyber-space after a fake news website reported that Buhari had passed on.
The Nigerian presidency has debunked the rumour and said that the retired military general, 74, is “alive and well”.
“He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, said in a short post on his Facebook page.
The president left the country last week on a 10-day leave and is expected back home on February 2, 2017. While making the official announcement, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina had assured that there is nothing to worry about the president’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation.
The president himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet.
The rumours won’t go away. Wednesday morning, news began to circulate online that the present was on life-support at King’s College Hospital. According to the blogger who reported the story, his source is an inside source familiar with the situation.