Babangida’s spokesman Kassim Afegbua turns self in at police headquarters
Kassim Afegua with a number of entourage arriving at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria earlier today. Pic/Facebook
London, Feb. 7, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Kassim Afegbua, a spokes person for a former Nigerian Military leader Ibrahim Babangida, wanted by the Nigerian Police has turned himself in at the Force Headquarters, two days after he was declared wanted by the police.
Afegbua posted pictures of himself and others on Facebook arriving at the Force Headquarters this morning with a simple message “At the Police Headquarters to present myself as a responsible Nigerian who was never on the run”
A second picture showed Afegbua and a second person, possibly a lawyer friend sitting comfortably and chatting with a police man in a very relaxed mood beaming with smile
The police accused Mr. Afegbua of distributing a false statement on behalf of former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.
The statement criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and canvassed a young leadership for the country.
The police said the statement was inciting, but did not say which part of it was contentious.
Mr. Afegbua maintains no wrongdoing.
The declaration by the police has been condemned by rights groups and lawyers.
Afegbua, facing camera with a friend sitting comfortably and chatting with a police officer beaming with smile
Meanwhile, Mr. Kassim Afegbua on Tuesday slammed an N1 billion suit on the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and some media houses.
Afegbua said he was suing the police to protest alleged harassment and persecution.
The case was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday through his lawyer. The suit number is FHC/ABJ/CS/129/2018. He is asking for N1 billion as damages for infringing on his fundamental human rights.
Joined as respondents to the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, the IGP, the Force Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr. Moshood Jimoh, the Nigerian Television Authority and the Channels Televisions Limited, Punch reports.
Afegbua argued through his lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, that he had not been formally invited by the police before he was declared wanted and painting him as a fugitive and common criminal with no modicum of dignity.
He described his being declared wanted as a “witch-hunt, harassment, intimidation and persecution,” as his boss had not denied the statement he issued on his behalf.
According to the applicant, the police, the IGP, and the Force PRO used the platforms of NTA and Channels Television to declare him wanted.
He maintained that declaring him wanted was baseless, as he had never been formally invited by the police or resisted an arrest by the police before the declaration was made.