NTA, Police Wrong To Declare Afegbua Wanted – Counsel Of IBB’s Aide Reveals
The Media aide of former Military president, General Ibrahim Babaginda, Prince Kassim Afegbua has responded to the Police invitation, saying he will honour the call on Wednesday.
Afegbua’s response was conveyed in a letter written by his Counsel. The statement also added that the Police and NTA were wrong to have declared Afegbua wanted as he was never a criminal and prior invitation was never communicated.
It will be recalled that the Inspector General of Police on Monday declared that Afegbua made himself available to the Police Headquarters over a statement he reportedly released on behalf of his principal, General Babaginda on Sunday. He was ordered to turn himself in after the former Head of State denied releasing the statement.
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See below for the full statement…
POLICE FORCE DECLARATION OF PRINCE KASSIM AFEGBUA AS WANTED PERSON: OUR RESPONSE
“Our client, Prince Kassim Afegbua‘s attention has just been drawn to a malicious news item on Nigeria Television Authority alleging that the Nigeria Police has declared him wanted over a statement he issued on behalf of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR.
“Prince Afegbua, is a well known journalist and was a cabinet member of Edo State Government with a known address in Benin, Edo State and Abuja, yet he is not on notice of the police invitation whatsoever, before the purported publication declaring him wanted. For the avoidance of doubt, there are spelt-out procedures for declaring a person wanted by the Police.
“The Police or other law enforcement agencies can declare a person wanted if they find reasons to do so, particularly if the person is a suspect in the commission of a crime and is on the run.
“The public must know that our client, in discharging his duty to his principal, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR cannot by any stretch of the imagination be said to have committed a crime that warrants such negative publicity. Neither is he on the run. Our client, however, remains undeterred by the desperate efforts of some individuals to intimidate him and bend his will and rights against the Constitution provisions, framework of Nigeria Police Force Act and the laws of the land.
“The circumscription of his constitutional right to the dignity of self, freedom of expression and fair hearing denotes that there is a desperate attempt to scare him into submission. We have advised Prince Afegbua of his right and remedies available to him, as a law abiding citizen of Nigeria, he has elected to make himself available to the Police on Wednesday once he returns from his trip. Thank you