IBB’s Statement: DSS Invites Afegbua

THE Department of State Service (DSS) has invited Kassim Afegbua, the spokesperson of Ibrahim Babangida, present himself at it headquarters on Thursday.

According to a statement released by Mr. Afegbua and his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, the former military president’s spokesman was ordered to appear before it by 11:00 AM same day.

The DSS invitation came through a telephone call from the service.

Responding Afegbua’s lawyer was quoted by Premium Times to have said, “We will honour the (SSS) invitation by tomorrow morning.

“We will be there, if that is how they want to run this country, we’ll see how far they can go with this.”

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.

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.