However, members of the APC press corps and other security men rebuffed further attempts to seize his phone and camera.

While the drama lasted, the minister sat comfortably in the car, watching the incident. Still, when she observed that many journalists were leaving the scene, Tijani beckoned to the operatives to return to the convoy before they finally drove out recklessly, scaring onlookers and passersby in the process.

Efforts to get the reaction of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, on the issue proved abortive.  As of the time of filing this report, he had yet to answer his calls or reply to a text message sent to him.