Operatives of the Department of State Services in the early hours of Sunday swopped on the private jet of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, The Eagle Online is reporting.
The former Vice President, who had been in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since his election as the candidate of the PDP for the 2019 election, returned to the country at about 1am through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Abubakar, who landed at about 1am, was held aboard the plane by the DSS operatives for about 30 minutes, The Eagle Online learnt.
A source told this newspaper: “We do not know what they expected to find.
“But our suspicion is that they expected to find hard currencies on the plane as the opposition All Progressives Congress and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have been insinuating that he went to bring in money to prosecute the election.
“He was kept on the aircraft while it was searched.
“But in the end, nothing was found and he was allowed to alight and leave the airport.”
Sources close to Abubakar told The Eagle Online that the former Vice President was indeed not expected in the country until Monday.
As such his arrival caught many unawares.
It was gathered that Abubakar has since started receiving visitors, especially top chieftains of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDP Presidential Campaign Council and PDP.
He is due to unveil his Policy Document on November 18, 2018.