The Federal Government said the search on the aircraft of the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, at the Abuja airport was a normal routine exercise that applied to all international arrivals.
Aviation Minister of State, Hadi Sirika, said this in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja.
He said while it was true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen.
Hadi Sirika, described the checks as mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine, noting that no one is excused from them under the nation’s laws.
Sirika advised prominent Nigerians not to seek to be treated over and above the citizens they wish to serve, urging law-abiding citizens to respect the laws of the country,
The minister claimed that the public outcry that followed the routine exercise was a mischievous attempt to grab headlines.
The former vice president had earlier confirmed in a tweet that he was searched upon arrival in the country from Dubai.