El-Rufai remains in SSS custody after 12 hours of interrogation

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

Mr. El-Rufai remains at the SSS office and it is not clear when he would be released

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, remained in the custody of the State Security Service, SSS, late Mondayafter more than 12 hours of questioning over his comments about electoral violence in 2015.

Mr. El-Rufai voluntarily walked  into the SSS headquarters at about 9 a.m Monday, three days after the agency launched a manhunt for him. He was accompanied by the Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and a serving senator, Chris Ngige.

Mr. El-Rufai remained at the headquarters of the Service as of 9 p.m, according to a security source.

It remained unclear if he would  be made to spend the night at the facility.

The source said Mr. Amaechi, who was also allowed access into the SSS office, later left at about 12 p.m, while Mr. Ngige left two hours later.

One of Mr. El-Rufai’s wives, who accompanied him, also left subsequently as she was disallowed access to her husband, the source said.

“His wife left because she was just kept within the premises but not where he is,” the source said.

Mr. El-Rufai’s lawyer, A. U. Mustapha, however remained with the former minister and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The SSS said the former minister’s comment about violence was “provocative” and warned that those making inflammatory remarks might be prosecuted.

But Mr. El-Rufai has denied any wrongdoing, saying his position was only based on Nigeria’s electoral history.

Mr. El-Rufai had gone underground Friday after the SSS launched a manhunt for him after he failed to honour an invitation from the agency in connection with his remarks at a conference in Abuja on Wednesday that there might be violence if the 2015 general elections were not credible.

The former minister declined the invitation citing his pending suit against the Service over his detention in a hotel in Awka during the Anambra State Governorship last November 16 as reason.

Mr. El-Rufai also insisted on seeing a warrant of arrest before he could report to the SSS office.

On Friday, operatives of the SSS stormed two properties believed to belong to Mr. El-Rufai, looking for him.

At the second property late on Friday, the SSS operatives insisted they wanted to deliver the warrant to Mr. El-Rufai personally, ignoring entreaty by his lawyer that the document should be handed over to him.

The opposition APC has condemned the SSS for haunting its deputy national secretary, saying the comments attributed to the former minister were not inciting in any way.

Mr. El-Rufai himself said he would resist ploys by the SSS to silence him.

“Mallam El-Rufai will not be silenced,” the former minister said through his media advisor, Muyiwa Adekeye, Friday. “He will continue to do his patriotic duty of challenging INEC and the security agencies to guarantee the climate for free and fair elections in Nigeria by desisting from partisanship and the embrace of impunity.”


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  • sadiq

    Posterity will judge.
    Injustice of this kind is a prelude to system collapse which may result from lost of trust and confidence on the on the govt by the citizens.
    I hope historian are documenting the events as they unfold.
    May God bring an end to this injustice and preferential treatment being meted on Nigerians.

  • Mo Mody

    Mallam El Rufai is free to criticise INEC, the government and security agencies as he likes, but saying that power should be “taken by force” as he did is inciting violence. That is where he crossed the red line. They are surely going to charge him to court as required under the law. That is the rule of law at work. There is enough evidence that he was inciting violence. And suddenly Amaechi is no more talking. Ngige has taken to his heels. What cowards!

  • speshsworld.com

    Holding the man, spending a night at detention, thats not good.

  • Tufiakwa

    Why is Alhaji Amaechi not sleeping in SSS cell too? Serve him garri and groundnut for supper.

  • Naija for you

    So Dokubo-asari can say Nigeria will be sunk in blood and violence if Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected and he will be sleeping in his home in the creeks but a non-South South will make such statement and he will be detained? That is naija for you.

  • Akanji Mini

    It’s a pity the kind of double speak by government. Those who threaten in support of GEJ are right, while those who are against are hounded by the SSS. Shame on a nation.