Fani-Kayode’s Invitation: Don’t be used to muzzle Nigerians and opposition – PDP tells Police
Urges Police to Come Clear on his Invitation
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Nigeria Police to come out clear on the ‘fact-finding’ invitation extended to Former Aviation Minister, Femi, Fani-Kayode, to appear on Tuesday for alleged conspiracy, criminal defamation and inciting publication.
On April 20 2018, the Inspector General of Police invited Fani-Kayode to the office of the Commissioner of Police, IGP Monitoring Unit, Police Headquarters in Abuja.
He is expected to appear for interrogation relating to alleged conspiracy, criminal, defamation, inciting publication, injurious falsehood and conduct likely to cause breach of peace on the 28th of August at 10 am
Reacting, the PDP in a statement on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said the police should not allow itself be used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to muzzle democracy and subjugate Nigerians, particularly the opposition, ahead of the 2019 general election.
The party worry that the letter did not state in specific terms, the alleged issue or conduct bordering on “conspiracy, criminal defamation and others listed for which he has been invited.
“We hope that the invitation is not a set up and part of the design to emasculate citizens, which is now being unleashed on media houses, journalists and other citizens for alleged comments and publications considered to be against the interest of the ruling party.” It said.
There are reports that Chief Fani-Kayode’s invitation ‘may not be unconnected’ with an interview he granted the Africa Independent Television (AIT) where he reportedly controverted claims by the Presidency and the APC that it was Senate President Bukola Saraki that masterminded the widely condemned invasion of the National Assembly.
The party added: “Moreover, the recent detention of the Premium Times reporter, the arraignment of Senator Isah Misau for allegedly making injurious statement against the IG of Police, the invitation of Mr. Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of former military President Ibrahim Babangida for issuing a statement considered critical to this administration and the recent demolition of the studio of Flash FM in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for allegedly airing materials considered against the interest of the APC in the state, readily come to mind.
“We therefore urge the Police to come out clear on why it has invited Chief Fani-Kayode and resist attempts by the APC to entangle it with controversial political issues.”