El-Rufai Submits To SSS Questioning

Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and deputy national secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday morning honoured the invitation of the State Security Service, SSS, when he visited the headquarters of the agency in Abuja.

He was accompanied by his wife, governor or Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, former governor Anambra State, Chris Ngige, and other APC chieftains.

The SSS had on Thursday summoned El-Rufai to its headquarters for questioning over his comments that  the 2015 general elections would be marred by riots and other forms of violence that may lead to loss of lives and property, if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies failed to hold free and fair polls.

The former minister had, however, written to the agency saying he would answer questions in his house but would not go to the SSS headquarters as he had a subsisting court case against it arising from the Anambra State governorship election.

The SSS said on Friday that it had secured a warrant for his arrest from a competent court, after an attempt to arrest him at his Abuja residence without a warrant failed.

    When El-Rufai showed up with several others this morning, the SSS refused Amaechi and Ngige and other members of the entourage entrance into its headquarters, as they took their guest in for questioning.

    Before taking off for the SSS headquarters, El-Rufai had alleged that his arrest was politically motivated and related to the court case he instituted against the agency.

    The SSS has, however maintained that it only wants to question El-Rufai over statements he made about the possibility of violence in the 2015 elections if they are not free and fair.

    “The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die. And the only alternative left to get power is to take it by force, this is the reality on ground,” the former minister had warned.

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