The Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) was a scene for a major clash between Aisha Bichi, wife of the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and Engineer Abba Yusuf, the state gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
Reports has it that Mrs. Bichi prevented Yusuf from boarding the same flight with her.
Trouble started as reported by Daily Trust, when the convoy of Yusuf allegedly delayed Mrs. Bichi’s convoy from gaining access into the VIP lounge.
The actions of Yusuf’s men prompted the DSS DG’s wife’s security details to step in to get access to the VIP Lounge, but their actions led to an altercation between the security details and aides of the gubernatorial candidate.
A source, quoted by the paper disclosed that the situation degenerated into a confrontation between Yusuf and Mrs. Bichi when the former approached the latter over the incident.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that the situation degenerated into a confrontation between Yusuf and Mrs. Bichi when the former approached the latter over the incident.
“The situation escalated after she told Abba that they will not board the same flight as earlier scheduled, and she spotted one of his aides, Garba Kilo, filming,” the source said.
Kilo, who was said to have been beaten up on the orders of Mrs. Bichi, was reportedly taken to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for treatment.
“They beat him (Kilo) up badly, and this is what probably made Abba insist that he will board the same flight with her as scheduled, which angered her more, and she ordered his arrest,” the source said.
It was further gathered that another reinforcement of the secret police restrained the gubernatorial candidate until the flight of Mrs. Bichi took off.
The paper quoted spokesman of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, as saying that the report of personnel of the service brutalising a citizen was unfounded.
“Nobody was brutalised by the Service; we enforce the law within the rules of engagement…. is a baseless gossip that does not require the attention of the Service, a professional newspaper or a journalist”, he was quoted as saying.