Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

Security Search On Speaker: NSA Apologizes To Tambuwal

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The National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Wednesday apologised to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, over the incident in Kaduna, in which his official car was subjected to security search by soldiers.
This came as the House of Representatives ordered investigation into the incident.
Dasuki, in a letter to the Speaker, tendered an “unreserved apology” to Mr. Tambuwal, assuring him of that the office of the Speaker is held in “high esteem” adding that such incident would not happen again.
Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, confirmed that the speaker office received the apology letter at about 6pm today.
“Yes, the NSA truly apologised to the Speaker. The Speaker has received a letter from him,” he added.
Though Tambuwal on Wednesday said he was not above the law and not “averse to security checks,” the lawmakers and some Nigerians had described the incident as embarrassing and disrespecting to the office of the Speaker.
The soldiers had stopped Tambuwal and insisted on searching his car as his motorcade made to drive into Hotel 17, the venue of an international conference on security in Africa.
After a brief altercation between his security details and the soldiers, Tambuwal was said to have left the vehicle in anger and trekked to the venue.
However, speaking on the matter, Tambuwal said he was not above the law contrary to the impression created in some quarters.
He recalled that, recently while on a “private” trip to France, his luggage and person were subjected to security checks by the personnel of Air France.
Tambuwal explained that the instance he gave above showed that as an individual, he was not above the law.
But he clarified that the difference with the Kaduna incident was that he expected to enjoy some privileges accorded his office as the “Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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