Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has queried the Department of State Service (DSS) on why he was invited to appear before it.
The police declared Mr. Afegbua wanted on Monday evening, a development he responded to by turning up at the Force Headquarters with his lawyers Wednesday morning.
After spending about 25 minutes in a closed-door discussion with the commissioner for police in charge of Inspector-General Monitoring Unit as well as the head of legal department at the Force Headquarters, Mr. Afegbua was released without charges as the force also tendered an apology to him.
On Wednesday evening the DSS in a phone call invited Afegbua to appear before it on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, Afegbua, through his lawyer queried the reason for his invitation.
Although he had accepted to honour the invitation on Wednesday evening, HEADLINE could not independently verify as at press time, whether he will go ahead with his decision as he has requested that the DSS should tender an explanation why he is being invited.
He made the request through his lawyer who wrote the DSS.
“We act as Solicitors to Prince Kassim Afegbua, hereinafter referred to as “Our Client” and on whose firm instruction we write you.
“Our client, a renowned Journalist, former Commissioner of Information in Edo State, a patriotic and law-abiding Nigerian only last night got information that he has an invitation to honour with the Director General of the State Security Service at the Department of State Service Headquarters, Abuja.
“In availing us of the above development, we have accordingly advised our client and, true to character, he has indicated his readiness to honour the said invitation even as he expressed curiosity over the unusual invitation, especially coming on the heels of recent events pertaining to the discharge of his duty to his principal, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR.
“Our client’s concerns are wary and valid, as very little information has been availed him on the context of the said invitation.
“While bound by his sense of duty as a citizen of Nigeria, and with a clear conscience eager to meet with your Director General in due course, we must on his behalf demand that the shroud of ambivalence surrounding his invitation be quickly cleared.
“This is achievable by extending a verified formal invitation, whose content should specify the reason(s) for his invitation.
“Accept please the assurances of our high esteem,” the epistle said.