Nigerians have taken to social media to express concerns following the news of an attempted burglary at the residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Personal Assistant on New Media to Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, had described the story as fake news while Garba Shehu described it as "a foolish attempt" at burglary.
The conflicting statements have attracted backlash on social media. Although Shehu said the attempt was not successful, many expressed shock that such an attempt could be made close to the seat of power.
An online platform, Peoples Gazette, had earlier reported that both Gambari and an administrative officer at the Presidency, identified as Maikano, were robbed.
According to the report, which has been trending online, armed robbers invaded Aso Rock and emptied the residences of Gambari and Maikano.
Responding in a statement on Monday night, Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said, "The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has confirmed that there 'was a foolish attempt' to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
"Professor Gambari, whose house is on the street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident."
Gambari succeeded the late Abba Kyari, who died in a Lagos hospital while treating coronavirus in April 2020.
Here are reactions from Nigerians: https://twitter.com/search?q=garba%20shehu&src=typed_query
Bashir Ahmad called it fake news. Garba Shehu branded it "a foolish attempt" at burglary.— 'Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) May 10, 2021
One of them must be lying. Either Bashir's 'fake news' is fake, or Shehu's "foolish attempt" is fake.
The number-one trumpeters of 'fake news' are often its staunchest exponents. pic.twitter.com/ZHhywATxRY
Aso Rock: How it started by Bashir vs How it's going by Garba Shehu. ð pic.twitter.com/m6Ih1qgRSy— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) May 10, 2021
Bashir Ahmad deletes tweet, Garba Shehu deletes tweet.— Deputy Fatherð³ (@Iam_shuayb) May 11, 2021
Two Irresponsible People
You see how Bashir and Garba Shehu were giving contrary opinions on the burglary in Aso Rock, it's exactly how this regime is running the country.— Buchy Strategy (@Buchyogba) May 10, 2021
Bashir needs to learn a lot from Garba Shehu. No be everything una go dey deny. Sometimes speak the truth.— . (@iTWEETMAiMiND) May 11, 2021
How Garba Shehu still has his job till now is what I donât understand.— Agassi Joe (@AgassiJonathan) May 11, 2021