Babangida Letter to Buhari: “My life is in danger” – Kassim Afegbua cries out
Prince Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman to a former President, Ibrahim Babangida has cried out that his life is in danger over a statement he signed on behalf of his boss.
Afegbua had signed a statement on behalf of Babangida urging the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to step down in 2019 and allow younger and capable Nigerians step in.
The statement had attracted mixed reactions which led to the Nigerian police involvement declaring him wanted without an official invitation.
Few hours after leaving the Police station where he was apologised to, the Department of Secret Service invited him for further interrogation on Thursday.
In a statement signed on Friday evening, the spokesman who is yet to understand the crime he committed since there was no complainant over his statement, spent hours at the DSS office in Abuja without attention but was later ordered to return on Friday (Today).
Afegbua described his intimidation as nauseating, meddlesome interloper and sheer bullying as both the DSS and the Nigerians police force chased shadows while leaving pressing national issues behind.
He said “Let me state at this point that my life is in danger as we speak. I have been receiving series of unknown phone calls from people threatening me and my family. But I am resolute in the true spirit of a free born, that threats, intimidation, harassment and psychological torturing has never and will not stop me from exercising my right of free speech as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; as well as carrying out my professional responsibility. I will not submit to intimidation, harassment and threats. Certainly not. I have just a life to live and no one under God will live for ever. ”
Narrating his ordeal, the spokesman said “In the last six days, I have gone through traumatic experience when I was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police. By the strength of that unprofessional declaration, I was treated like a common criminal and fugitive until I showed up at the Police Headquarters Abuja to physically present myself. After what the Police termed a no case issue, they were apologetic and I took my leave. In the evening of that day, Wednesday 7th February, 2018 I got a phone call inviting me to the Headquarters of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
“I honoured the invitation on Thursday and spent 7 hours waiting for attention. I left the office at 6.50pm when it became clear nobody was ready to tell me what the invitation was meant for. I was informed to report back on Friday 9th February, 2018 at 11am. On arrival on Friday, having spent 2 hours, I was attended to by the Director of Operations and two others who interrogated me on the said statement I issued. My interrogation was recorded electronically and was made to write a statement affirming the issued statement, having collected all my personal details; house address, account number, international passport number and other information.
“I find this whole episode quite nauseating and utterly condemnable. I cannot rationalise why just a statement would amount to subjecting me to rigorous interrogation especially when there was no complainant. The action of the Nigeria Police coupled with that of the State Security Service is at best that of a meddlesome interloper and sheer bullying, leaving serious developmental issues to chasing shadows with a view to intimidate, harass and embarrass me. ”