2019: SSS Invites Kassim Afegbua, Babangida’s Spokesman

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  1. akatalady

    akatalady Senior Member

    The State Security Service has invited Kassim Afegbua, the spokesperson of Ibrahim Babangida, to appear before it, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

    The invitation came via a telephone call from the secret police and it asked Mr. Afegbua to be at its headquarters no later than 11 a.m. Thursday, both Mr. Afegbua and his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night.

    The invitation comes hours after Mr. Afegbua turned himself in at the Force Headquarters in Abuja after the police declared him wanted for writing a disputed statement on behalf of Mr. Babangida, who led a military junta that ruled Nigeria from 1985 to 1993.

    Mr. Afegbua signed the statement for Mr. Babangida on Sunday, in which the former military ruler expressed his misgivings about President Muhammadu Buhari and called for a younger leader to emerge in 2019.

    “We will honour the (SSS) invitation by tomorrow morning,” Mr. Ajulo told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Wednesday night. “We will be there, if that is how they want to run this country, we’ll see how far they can go with this.”

    Mr. Afegbua’s ordeal in the hands of federal authorities had been strongly condemned by civic organisations, including Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, who warned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately back off the matter because it infringes on Mr. Afegbua’s rights.

    The authorities have not been able to answer questions of whether Mr. Babangida filed any complaint against Mr. Afegbua, or what parts of the statement Mr. Afegbua signed were capable of inciting the public as the police alleged.

    Mr. Afegbua said Mr. Babangida remained solidly behind him and that the former leader had been making efforts to ensure that no injuries would be inflicted on him by federal authorities.

    Source: premiumtimesng
  2. Admin

    Admin Administrator

    Kassim Afegbua Writes DSS, Queries Invitation

    KASSIM Afegbua, the spokesman of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has queried the Department of State Service (DSS) on why he was invited to appear before it.

    The police declared Mr. Afegbua wanted on Monday evening, a development he responded to by turning up at the Force Headquarters with his lawyers Wednesday morning.

    After spending about 25 minutes in a closed-door discussion with the commissioner for police in charge of Inspector-General Monitoring Unit as well as the head of legal department at the Force Headquarters, Mr. Afegbua was released without charges as the force also tendered an apology to him.

    On Wednesday evening the DSS in a phone call invited Afegbua to appear before it on Thursday.

    On Thursday morning, Afegbua, through his lawyer queried the reason for his invitation.

    Although he had accepted to honour the invitation on Wednesday evening, HEADLINE could not independently verify as at press time, wether he will go ahead with his decision as he has requested that the DSS should tender an explanation why he is being invited.

    He made the request through his lawyer who wrote the DSS.

    “We act as Solicitors to Prince Kassim Afegbua, hereinafter referred to as “Our Client” and on whose firm instruction we write you.

    “Our client, a renowned Journalist, former Commissioner of Information in Edo State, a patriotic and law abiding Nigerian only last night got information that he has an invitation to honour with the Director General of the State Security Service at the Department of State Service Headquarters, Abuja.

    “In availing us of the above development, we have accordingly advised our client and, true to character, he has indicated his readiness to honour the said invitation even as he expressed curiosity over the unusual invitation, especially coming on the heels of recent events pertaining to the discharge of his duty to his principal, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR.

    “Our client’s concerns are wary and valid, as very little information has been availed him on the context of the said invitation.

    “While bound by his sense of duty as a citizen of Nigeria, and with a clear conscience eager to meet with your Director General in due course, we must on his behalf demand that the shroud of ambivalence surrounding his invitation be quickly cleared.

    “This is achievable by extending a verified formal invitation, whose content should specify the reason(s) for his invitation.

    “Accept please the assurances of our high esteem,” the epistle said.

    Source: https://www.headlineng.com/afegbua-queries-dss-invitation/

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