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.