Police apologise to Babangida’s spokesman

The Nigeria Police high command on Wednesday apologised to Prince Kassim Afegbua, spokesman for ex-head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, for declaring him wanted.

Kassim Afegbua
L-R: Spokesman for ex-head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Kassim Afegbua; his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo and spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, at the force headquarters on Wednesday

The apology was delivered by force spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, when Afegbua turned himself in.

The spokesman had gone along with his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, and some journalists to the force headquarters in Abuja to honour the invitation.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had on Monday issued a notice read on the Nigerian Television Authority and Channels Television deckating him wanted for issuing a statement in behalf of the former leader.

The IG said in the notice that the statement was capable of inciting public anger against government.

The embarrassing notice, for which Afegbua has sued the broadcast outfits for N1 billion, has attracted widespread opprobrium and ridicule to the police.

The IG had also come under widespread criticism for a number of mis-steps since he was appointed almost two years ago.

The police told Afegbua that they merely wanted to know why the former leader issued two statements in one day.

Afegbua had reported at the Louis Edet House, Abuja headquarters of the police force on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Babangida had affirmed a statement issued by Afegbua, in which he advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in 2019.

He disowned a second statement issued by his son, Mohammed, which sought to deny the first one.

 

 

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