Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, confirmed the incident to TheCable on Sunday afternoon.

It was gathered the private jet conveying Atiku from Dubai landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 1:30am, into the waiting arms of the security operatives.

Sources in the know of the incident told TheCable the DSS operatives searched Atiku and the jet, alongside officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigeria Customs Service.

TheCable understands the combined security team, who said they had an arrest warrant to search the PDP presidential candidate, were looking for implicating items including foreign currencies.

They were said to have stripped everything including the luggage and had also searched the pilot and co-pilot.

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