SSS invites El-Rufai over alleged provocative remarks

Nasir Ahmad ElRufai

The former Minister El-Rufai reportedly declines invitation

The Department of State Security Service, SSS, on Thursday invited the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasir El-Rufai.

Although the reason for the invitation was not clear, PREMIUM TIMES learnt it was in connection with a statement credited to Mr. El-Rufai that there might be violence if the 2015 general elections were not free and fair.

While speaking at the Transformed to Transform, T2T Nigeria, Conference and Career Fair, a leadership and empowerment initiative for the National Youth Service Corps members in Abuja on Wednesday, the APC deputy secretary said the elections could be marred by riots and other forms of violence that might lead to loss of lives and properties unless the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security agencies ensured they were free.

It was however gathered that the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, declined the invitation because of a pending suit against the SSS over his detention in a hotel in Awka, Anambra State,  during the governorship election in that state last November 16.

PREMIUM TIMES further learnt that Mr. El-Rufai told the Director General of the Service, Ita Ekpeyong, that he was willing to meet with him in his home or office or that in the alternative the SSS should produce a warrant of arrest.

The former minister’s media adviser, Muyiwa Adekeye, confirmed Mr. El-Rufai’s invitation, saying the former minister is yet to honour the invitation.

Spokesperson of the SSS, Marylyn Ogar, declined comments when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES.

But she had earlier issued a statement Thursday warning those making provocative statements ahead of the 2015 general election to desist from such or face the full weight of the law.

Ms. Ogar said the attention of the service had been drawn to incessant provocation statements by some Nigerians threatening violence ahead of the election. She did not mention any name

“Such comments are offensive, misguided and directed at stirring hate among Nigerians,” she said.

“This service and other law enforcement agencies have the mandate to protect the country and its citizens.

“We, therefore, warn all subversive elements that are bent on promoting divisive and disruptive agenda to refrain from such as the full weight of the law shall henceforth be brought to bear accordingly.”

She urged Nigerians to remain law abiding and assist security agencies in ensuring the safety of all.





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  • redeem


    • kkk

      God! I never knew all these elements are from the same source-Fulani. No wonder, their desperation for power.

    • knockout

      If they strayed into this country from chad, then u came from hell.

    • Bala R

      You may not know that Lugard brought the South to meet the Fulanis at Lokoja in 1914. We Fulanis are ever ready to part ways anytime.

  • Issei

    Dss please do your job,but please start with Dokubo Asari,Pa Edwin clerk and so on.and so forth!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nichodemus

      how can they start with Dokubo-asari when they are the ones that procured his release from police detention in Republic of Benin?

      • sadiq

        That is true.
        Preferential treatment is one feature of the current government.
        May we see its end.

        • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

          Asari Dokubo is a law abiding citizen while El-Rufa’i is an element of Boko Haram. This is by GEJ’s standard.

        • Afo

          And unbridled corruption. I pray so and that it should come fast.

  • Tunde

    Mrs Amger, sorry, Orgar, pls, start with baboon Clark and his son Asari Dokubo. Thank you

    • INTERVIEW: Why Al-Mustapha and I are plotting a tsunami – Dokubo-AsariAderonke Ogunleye – 3 weeks ago


      Mr. Dokubo-Asari says those opposing the president are wasting their time as the 2015 presidential election is a foregone conclusion. He explains that Mr. Jonathan is only waiting to be sworn in

      The President of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Muhajid Asari-Dokubo told PREMIUM TIMES in this interview (conducted before his recent arrest in Benin Republic) that nothing would stop President Goodluck Jonathan from winning the 2015 presidential election. He also explains why he is working on a “tsunami” with Hamza Al-Mustapha and other ethnic warlords.


      There were reports recently quoting you as saying there will be bloodshed in the country. Did you really make that statement?

      Yes, I did. If you look at the attacks that have been directed at Goodluck since it became apparent that he was going to become president since 2010, certain individuals especially the Ciromas, Lawal Kaita, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Babangida, have also made several statements that if President Goodluck Jonathan become president they will make sure that he fails. I quote: Lawal Kaita said ‘It is the turn of the north to produce the president, that if Jonathan by default wins the nomination of the PDP, we will stop him at the general elections. If we fail to stop him at the general election, even if he wins he will not be able to rule we will make the country ungovernable for him.’ Goodluck Jonathan comes from a place. Nobody has a monopoly of violence.

      For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We cannot sit, fold our hands and watch. If we had done that Goodluck Jonathan would have been killed long time ago. He comes from a place, a place that feeds the nation. Nigeria is only existing because of Ijaw, Ogoni, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ibo and Urhobo oil. Nigeria is only existing because of its access to the coast provided by the Ijaws, Itskeri and the Yorubas. Nigeria would have become a landlocked country. So we contribute to the survival of Nigeria. All these men have gained from the misnomer called Nigeria because Nigeria claims to be a Federal Republic but it’s not, it’s a very crude primitive state where we have an all-powerful centre.

      So it’s a reaction. We have to prepare for then.

      The last interview I granted I said it on Channels television, there was no such thing. I said and I repeat and I have no apology to anybody that those who said that the blood of the monkeys, baboons, dogs and if they want to soak them on the water we will help them to soak the blood of the baboons and the dogs on the street; if they want to soak them in water we will help them. That was my statement.

      Did you receive presidential pardon and amnesty?

      I lead the people. I was president of Ijaw Youth Council, which is the biggest youth group up till date and I’m also the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force and Niger Delta Peoples’ Salvation Funds. Did I tell you that I collected amnesty? I am not a criminal. I don’t know what you are talking about. Asari isn’t a criminal. I am not a militant and I have a pedigree and I cannot soil my name. If the Nigerian state has any evidence to criminalize me they should go to court. They’ve done that several times and they failed without evidence. Yes people who took amnesty have been criminalized, that’s what it means. You pardon someone who has committed an offence, not all of them were criminals. But if you accept pardon as a criminal, why will I speak for you? You have accepted willingly. I did not collect amnesty and the majority of my people did not. Only those who broke away from us did.

      Did you accept presidential pardon?

  • Dokubo and Chief E K Clark were only reacting to what some people said about making the government ungovernable for President GEJ which we are witnessing today. Just to make the record straight. God bless you friends.

  • beddy chibs

    Nail him now,please we can not afford to have another BOKO HARAM sponsored by El Rufia.We want peace in our country.

    • Nasiru Sadiq

      I began to suspect that it is your likes that is perpetrating this Boko Haram issue, How do you know that he sponsors Boko Haram?

  • Idris Mohammad

    Wonders shall NEVER end in Nigeria. If we compare statements of the Ex-Miltants, The Pastor in Goggles, Pa Ewin Clerk and that of el- Rufai you will know whose statement are provocative. The SSS should please try to moderate and treat all Nigerians as equal citezens. My prayers is that of non violence and free and fair elections in 2015.

  • esaulogbon

    Have these people invited Dokubo, that hypo? Whaooooo!!! Is this democracy?

  • Es3

    el-Rufai wants warrant of arrest before he honour DSS invitation??? Is he being arrested that thye would have stormed whereever he is to pick him up with or without warrant???

    When he chose to make a simple invitation for a chat difficult, he should know that a warrant can be produced overnight and he will be under arrest that he so desires!

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    I didn’t see any word provocative in his statements except
    more than this was said that they didn’t post or write as I quote “He was
    reported to have said the 2015 elections could be marred by riots and other
    forms of violence that might lead to loss of lives and properties unless the
    Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security agencies
    ensured they were free”.

    I think SSS need to wake up from their slumber. I remember
    in 2012, Wike said the relative peace we’re enjoying in Naija is bcos Jonathan
    is the president and if he’s not voted in again, there will be no peace in
    Nigeria and recently he said, if Governor Rotimi did not resign or step down,
    he will not no peace. Number 1.

    Number 2, repeatedly Ex-militant Asari Dokunbo had said their
    would be war if Jonathan did not win 2015 election, that he is not concern
    about Nigeria but about South-South, since south-south is first base of his
    life and not Nigeria which is secondary.

    Number 3 Papa Clark said without Jonathan there may not be
    Naija again and recently went further that Yoruba race have no leaders.

    Number 4. Atiku in his speech in the build up to PDP
    primaries, he said those who make peaceful change avoidable will make violent
    change inevitable.

    Papa Chiroma in 2011 said it is the turn of the north to do
    second term has agreed in PDP constitution but if they refused we shall make
    the government ungovernable bcos it is our turn.

    SSS we have a huge misguided statements from ‘who-is-who’ in
    the society, can we start from there. I remember when Asari said his own,
    people rose that the police and SSS should call him for interrogation but some
    people said no, some people have said worse thing before and till now he has
    not be call to order, except in Benin republic. No wonder he kept on saying the
    worse statements till date in Nigeria.

    Those of you spewing rubbish for political reason should
    think twice and think deep again for posterity come calling. Impunity,
    corruption, underdevelopment and many vices have crippled our system but all we
    can say is to divert issue to sectionalism, religionism, ethnicity and leave
    the substance. The coming generation will look at some people and give them hot
    slap bcos they refused to do or say the right thing when the need calls

  • Comfortkay

    Our present day government is using the SSS to surpress and silent Nigerian that does not belong to the PDP. That is a bullshirt.
    There is no democracy in Nigeria what we have now in place is a false or imitation of western type of democracy.


    Instigating violence through reckless speech has become the common pass-time of the APC anarchists,vandals and hoodlums.This irresponsible behaviour must be checked if not they will succeed in unleashing bloody mayhem come 2015 !