Fani-Kayode speaks on police interrogation

FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode
FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, has explained what transpired when he honoured a police invitation on Tuesday.

Mr Fani-Kayode arrived at the Force Headquarters at noon with his lawyers and supporters, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The visit followed weeks of exchanges between him and the police.

He was first asked to turn himself in two weeks ago, but he wrote back through his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, to explain that he would not be available at the initial date set by the police.

The politician asked that the invitation be postponed until September 4, a request the police yielded.

“Left the Inspector General of Police’s office after a cordial interview. The Police were courteous and professional,” Mr Fani-Kayode said on his social media accounts Tuesday afternoon.

“I was invited because of my essay titled “Five Useful Idiots and The Spirit Of The Accursed Slave” which was about Fulani hegemony and terrorism together with other write-ups. No regrets. I will hit harder and write more,” he added.

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Mr Fani-Kayode had been curious about why he was being sought by the police since the first invitation, saying he suspected the move could be part of recent crackdown on free speech by the police. The politician has been amongst top critics of President Muhammadu Buhari and his political party, the All Progressives Congress.

For years, he has used his personal website and social media platforms to circulate regular, and often charging essays about those persons in public and private lives.

One of his pieces for which he was invited is a late March series about Mr Buhari’s enablers whom he castigated as “useful idiots” and “slaves.”

It was not immediately clear whether the police are filing charges following the interrogation today. Both Mr Fani-Kayode and police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood were not available for comments when reached by PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday night.

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