Staff workers at the State House in Abuja have taken an oath of secrecy and told that releasing classified material without approval may face penalties under public service standards.

This comes a few days after SaharaReporters exclusively reported how President Muhammadu Buhari secretly planned to visit the United Kingdom to avoid rampage or any “embarrassing protest” against him.

“President Buhari is leaving for the UK tomorrow or Saturday for a 4-day programme. The secret trip has not been announced yet to avoid rampage against him in London. Recall how his last trip attracted protests in London,” a presidential source had told SaharaReporters last Friday.

Following the release of the story, the Nigerian presidency announced that President Muhammadu Buhari would go to London to attend the Global Education Summit on Financing the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

Embarrassed by the article, State House Permanent Secretary Tijjani Umar told Aso Villa personnel on Tuesday that releasing confidential information without authorization would result in sanctions under public service rules.