The State Security Service, SSS, on Friday stormed the Abuja residence of the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir el-Rufai, in a bid to arrest him over certain comments made concerning the 2015 election, which are regarded as inciting.
The armed security personnel, who arrived his residence in a Hilux vehicle, were however prevented from gaining access into the building by El-Rufai’s security men who refused to open the gate to them.
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 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.
El – Rufai had reportedly written to the SSS director general offering to be questioned in his home but declining to visit the agency’s headquarters because of a subsisting legal action he filed against it following the Anambra State governorship election.
The SSS on Thursday warned politicians against provocative statements capable of causing violence ahead of the 2015 general election.
In a statement signed by its deputy director of Media and Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, the agency called for caution on the part of the politician, warning that the full weight of the law shall be brought to bear on anyone bent on promoting divisive and disruptive agenda.