Gov. Amaechi, Ngige, others, accompany El-Rufai to SSS headquarters

Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Nasir El-Rufai and Chris Ngige before travelling to SSS office in Abuja.

The SSS issued an arrest warrant for the ex-minister on Friday.

The Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and a serving senator, Chris Ngige, were among dignitaries who accompanied a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, to the offices of the Department of State Security Service, SSS, on Monday.

The former minister had reportedly declined the Thursday invitation from the SSS, citing his pending suit against the Service over his detention in a hotel in Awka during the Anambra State Governorship in November 16, 2013. However, on Monday, he also told journalists that he had heard about the invitation via the media.

The SSS is yet to publicly state their reasons for seeking Mr. El-Rufai’s presence at their offices. However, media reports claim that it was based on a statement the former minister made at a youth event in Abuja on Wednesday. He had said that there might be violence if the 2015 general elections were not credible.

After obtaining an arrest warrant, the SSS attempted to arrest Mr. El-Rufai at his Abuja residence on Friday – he was absent.

On Monday, at his Maitama residence, Mr. El-Rufai told journalists that the Service had agreed with his lawyer on Friday that the former minister would present himself at the SSS office on Monday morning.

“I think it’s because I sued the SSS for detaining me unlawfully in Awka, that is the main reason and of course they have to find some other reasons too because there’s nothing I have said that history has not proven.I said elections should be free and fair; if they are not free and fair, there would be violence,” he said
The Ex minister said that the SSS’ invitation was a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to silence every opposition.

“It is all about politics. It is all an attempt to intimidate and silence the opposition against crying out that elections are likely to be rigged by the PDP, and we will continue to speak. They can continue to arrest me until we get a free and fair election in Nigeria,” he said.

He, however, said he does not feel embarrassed by the constant call for his arrest.
“Look, embarrassment is part of life; it does not matter. All I want to say is that whoever violates the law should face the consequences. We would pursue our right in court and in the court of public opinion,” he said

Mr. El-Rufai was also accompanied by his wife and lawyer to the SSS office.

Both Governor Amaechi and Mr. Ngige were initially denied entrance by SSS operatives at the gate but after about 10 minutes of arguments, they were let into the SSS building to join Mr El-Rufai. About 10 others who accompanied the former minister, including journalists, were denied entrance into the SSS office.


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  • Favnat John

    On what ground is this accompany? must we play all our life on party issues? God bless Nigeria

  • Gideon Orkar

    Is Ameachi that idle that he would abandon his state to escort a man invited for questioning. These APC people are very infantile in their acts. If he likes detention that much SSS should prepare one cell for him. Yeye people

    • Es3

      Of course!

      The very little Amaechi did was in first tenor and he is using noise and newspapers (as a cerified newspaper governor) to cover up his woeful failure during this 2nd term and all the state funds wasted?!

      Most of the commentators on this forum do not know where Rivers is physically, otherwise they would have answers to Amaechi at their finger tips as some of do!

  • JI

    I pity River State people. How they smuggled a nuisance into their government house.

    Is Amaechi taking over the role of Tinubu in APC or River state has siezed to exist? If the APC wants a VP, does he think he is more qualified than Oshiomole?

    As for El-Rufai, he should be detained for threatening the future of this country. Was there violence in the USA when during George Bush election ballot boxes were intentionally delivered to a church just to reduce the votes in a particular area? or is El-Rufai saying that Nigeria has been a Banana Republic?

    Meanwhile, if Jonathan is out to silence his opposers, he would by now hound those who insult him in all these online medium to detention.

    How Emeka Offor took the guy who insulted him to detention for about a month. Could people try all the insults with OBJ?

    Jonathan is the first democrat in Nigeria and not that he is a weakling!

    • yo ski

      asaris statements nko , is that pillow lovers talk . why did jerry gana personally bail out mohammed yusuf founder boko haram from sss detention twice ? JERRY GANA a CAN LEADER

      why did the presidency plead with Henry Orkar to blame the bombings on northern politicians

      why have the bombings stopped since azazi died

      jonathan says he knows who bokom haram are and yet still , today we are told they are in zambisa forest

      tomoro we are told cameroonian gendarmes killed 150 b haram members (lies)

      day after tmro they say shekau is alive , next he is mortally wounded

      nigerians are beginning to see this is an orchestrated attempt to balkanise the north for political and strategic gains

      the government is doing a shoddy work in creating these problems however we know and wen the time comes all will be revealed

    • blogNaija

      when did u start pitying Rivers people?
      but dis guys has been on the seat since 2007- his performance in education, health, road, water is visible.
      APC is shouting that GEJ should call his foot soldiers to order in the state- solidarity!
      are his complain about lack of FG presence in the state true?
      what about the oil wells taken away from the state; reducing their derivation revenue.
      or the manipulation of security officials to silence the governor.
      SORRY, LIFE IS A BATTLE FIELD- you may not be interested but u don’t have a choice in being punched in the nose!

    • Iroro

      Looks like you are not intune with events surrounding you or at best you are beclouded with sentiments

      • Dodon Doya

        He is beclouded by reason while you are beclouded by sentiments. It is better to shut than ridicule yourself my friend.

  • Monday

    Ask how many month Amaechi is owing the young graduates he employed as teachers in Rivers. He employed them as political gimmick but these young men and women are beggars now looking for money to sustain themselves. They kept hoping the arrogant fellow will pay someday. This same fellow fly in from Rivers to Abuja just to ‘accompany’ El Roforofo to EFCC office. Go that Rivers and you will be amazed the number of stalled/abandoned project. Shame.

    • Goodyouth

      he ha nothing to offer. he will soon be in jail


    • Hateme

      I tire for the Judas o! Until amaechi starts slapping all his APC collegues before they know he has totally gone insane, walahi!

      • ldris A. Abdulsalam

        You and your sponsors are animals.

        • Goodyouth

          Ameachi need a doctor but i guess i will sort him out soon with one in Kirikiri

        • Hateme

          You will never cease to amaze me, you dis parasitic spineless Boko haram nincompoop!

  • Joe

    Before arresting El Rufai, the SSS should arrest Asari Dokubo and the gerontocrat Edwin Clerk. What El Rufai said is firmly guaranteed by free speech. Amaechi has also demonstrated true friendship by accompanying his friend to SSS.

  • AboubakarAlahmad

    Cowards die many times before they are burried.Those under the umbrella shade are scared of those attempting to sweep all filth.

  • Naija1

    where were you Southerners when those stupids big for nothing were making provocative statements worse than that of El-rufa’i? Dokubo Asari, Edwin Clark and the rest of them, did say something that was even worse to be a threat than what El-rufa’i uttered, what was the government did please? can anyone explain it for me? so if we want peace to reign we must be fair in our judgements in respective of ones region or religion!