The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the bandits’ attack might be politically motivated to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Is it political, did somebody want to embarrass the government by doing this?” he asked during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
“So many scenarios are being created though, could this be a criminal act to violate the sanctity of that military institution? Was it an opportunistic crime?”
“So, in a climate — political climate — in which people seek to make political capital out of this unfortunate incident, you don’t rule in anything, you don’t rule out anything.”
Bandits had in the early hours of Wednesday stormed NDA’s permanent site, killing two officers and abducting one other officer.
They came in a vehicle and passed through the security gate into the academy, disguising in military uniforms, after which they proceeded to the officers’ quarters.
Speaking about how the President reacted to the incident, Shehu said the President who was obviously sad, denounced the attack.
He also commiserated with the families of the slain military officers that lost their lives, regretting that the attack is coming at a time when the military is recording tremendous success in the ongoing fight against terrorism and banditry.
Shehu added, “We are coming from major successes. Look at how Boko Haram is unravelling in the north; they surrendered. All of the victories that have been recorded even in the northwest — these bandits are being taken out in large numbers.”