Fani-Kayode in our custody over alleged coup threat, says DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday said All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, was in their custody.
Spokesman of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, said Fani-Kayode had been with them since 9am in response to the invitation extended to him.
In a message on a WhatsApp platform, Afunanya said: “Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has been with the DSS since 9 am today 13/02/23…in response to the invitation extended to him by the Service. Later pls.”
The development followed allegations by Fani-Kayode of a coup being planned by a section of the military with the connivance of some opposition politicians.
Fani-Kayode himself had brought the DSS invitation to public notice in a statement he released on Monday morning.
The APC chieftain said he would honour the invitation because he had nothing to fear, adding that he would continue to express his feelings as long as he has life in him.
He said: “Three days ago, on the day that I tweeted about newspaper reports alleging that Atiku was secretly meeting with Army Generals, I received a text message from someone who claimed to be a DSS officer asking me to report to them on a matter of national security.
“I dismissed the invitation because it was vague and I was not sure whether it really came from the DSS. In any case I had no intention of going anywhere unless I was formally invited.
“To my surprise, I received a formal letter from them to report to their office without fail two days later, which was yesterday evening. I put a call through to them and was advised to take the matter very seriously and report to them on the stipulated day and time otherwise the worse may happen.
“I found it interesting that a call came from one of Atiku’s dogs for me to be arrested by the security agencies yesterday and had it not been for the fact that the DSS had actually sent a text to me two days earlier I may have thought that they were acting on the instructions of what can only be described as a hopeless and desperate presidential candidate, opposition party and PCC who are clutching at straws, drowning fast, seeking to silence those that give them sleepless nights, shivering in despair and staring defeat in the face in the upcoming presidential election
“Clearly the DSS was not influenced by Atiku and were simply doing their job by inviting me on a matter that needs explanation and clarification and for a thorough interrogation. I always honor their invitations when properly invited because that is the right and proper thing to do.
“This is all the more so when it touches and concerns matters of national security which I take very seriously and when it involves agencies like the DSS who are professional and thorough in their methods and approach.
“I have nothing to hide and consequently I will present myself before the DSS this morning as I have been asked to do.”