Allow DSS continue its work, leave Fani-Kayode alone, APC tells Police
The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Nigeria Police Force to leave former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode alone.
The police had invited Fani-Kayode for questioning over his post on an alleged coup plot by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
But in a statement by it Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga on Wednesday, the APC PCC asked the police to allow the DSS continue its investigation rather than getting involved.
Fani-Kayode was with the DSS on Monday after he was invited over his comments.
The statement reads: “Despite the well-publicized invitation of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode by the DSS and the report that the secret police asked him to return for further investigation today, we were surprised that the police have also jumped into the same matter.
“On Tuesday the AIG Federal Investigation Bureau also invited Fani-Kayode for questioning.
“The APC-PCC is concerned about the latest invitation by another security agency, just some 10 days to the election, when he is most needed as our Director of New Media.
“While we are not questioning the authority of the police to invite our official, we want the police to be mindful that the truth they seek to find is already being pursued by the DSS.
“They should allow the DSS to complete its investigation.
“Chief Fani-Kayode upon his first interview by the DSS, described the agency as ‘very professional’, in the way the operatives grilled him on a tweet accusing one of the opposition leaders of cooking something with the military authorities. The DSS at the meeting made it clear to him that the basis of his tweet, a newspaper report, was not correct.
“Fani-Kayode will have another round of grilling by the DSS today.
“In a statement Tuesday night, the agency spokesman explained the reason for Fani-Kayode’s invitation, saying it was in respect of an investigation of some of his allegations and insinuations relating to issues relevant to national security.
“Chief Fani-Kayode faced a Panel which interviewed him on the subject matter. Afterwards, the Service granted him administrative bail and directed that he makes routine returns to the Office with effect from Wednesday, 15th February, 2023 till otherwise. The investigation, however, continues.
“We want the police to allow the investigation go its full course, so that they do not open themselves to suspicions that they were implementing an agenda scripted by the opposition.
“Chief Fani-Kayode is a respected Nigerian and had served his country as minister of aviation. He will be available any time to answer for his actions.”