SSS storm El-Rufai House Over Provocative Statement Ahead of 2015
By Ehi Ekhator
Security operatives from the Department of State Security Service today, moved to arrest the former minister, Mr. El-Rufai at his private residence in Abuja.
According to the information gathered, the operatives did not produce warrant of arrest.
El-Rufai was not home when the security men came to his house but was rushing home after picking his children from school
Mr. El-Rufai was invited by the SSS on Thursday concerning his utterances that there might be violence if the 2015 general election were not free and fair.
It was said that the former minister made the comment at the Transformed to Transform, T2T Nigeria Conference and Career fair, a leadership and empowerment initiative for National Youth Service Corps members in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the information gathered, Elrufai was reported to have said that unless the Independent National Electional commission, INEC, and the security agencies ensure that the election is free, it will be marred by violence and riots.
it was initially speculated that El-Rufai dare SSS saying he was not going to honour their invitation because he had a law suit against the agency concerning his detention in a hotel in Awka, Anambra State during the governorship election in November 16.
Though he refused to honour the invitation, but he told the Director General of the Service, Ita Ekpeyong that he was ready to see him at his private home or in the office or they should produce a warrant of arrest.
SSS spokesperson, Marylyn Ogar who had earlier issued a statement on Thursday sounding the warning that those making provocative statement concerning general election come 2015 should stop or face the rot of the law, refused to comment on the present issue.
According to Oga ” the attention of the service had been drawn to incessant provocation statements by some Nigerians threatening violence ahead of the election” . She did not mention any name
“Such comments are offensive, misguided and directed at stirring hate among Nigerians,” she said.
“This service and other law enforcement agencies have the mandate to protect the country and its citizens.
“We, therefore, warn all subversive elements that are bent on promoting divisive and disruptive agenda to refrain from such as the full weight of the law shall henceforth be brought to bear accordingly.”