Femi Fani-Kayode: APC Faults Police Over Invitation

Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode
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By Akombo Aondona, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the Nigeria Police’s invitation of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, director of special projects and new media, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council over allegations that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was in a meeting with top military general over a possible coup d’etat.

APC, in a statement on Wednesday 15 February, 2023 by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Barr Felix Morka in Abuja, said the party was concerned about the police invitation especially since Femi Fani-Kayode is being investigated by the DSS over the same matter.

According to Morka, “by a letter dated February 13, 2023, the Nigerian Police Force extended an invitation to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Special Projects and New Media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, “for a meeting on urgent National Security” on February 14, 2023. It will be recalled that Chief Fani-Kayode was invited and vigorously interrogated by the Department of State Services (DSS) regarding his tweet about newspaper reports alleging that Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was in secret meetings with Army Generals. Following his interrogation by DSS, last Monday, February 13, 2023, Chief Fani-Kayode was admitted to administrative bail and ordered to report daily to the DSS as they continue their investigation into the matter.”

 Morka continued: “The invitation issued by the Nigeria Police Force to Chief Fani-Kayode to appear before them ostensibly on the same subject-matter that is already under meticulous investigation by the DSS gives us cause for concern not only on account of duplication of effort by coordinate law enforcement agencies but its possible implications for his fundamental rights.

“Chief Fani-Kayode is an upstanding and law-abiding citizen of Nigeria. He honoured the invitation by the DSS and submitted himself fully to their investigative authority, and continues to cooperate with the investigation.

“While we recognize the constitutional authority of the Nigeria Police Force to initiate and conduct criminal investigations, we urge extreme caution in this matter so as not to inadvertently lend itself to unnecessary speculation as to the rationale for simultaneous and multiple investigation into this matter. The PDP has continued to relentlessly exploit and politicize this matter that is the active subject of law enforcement investigation. That is simply unconscionable and disturbing.”

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