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Lawyer Lectures Police IG for Declaring Babangida’s Spokesman “Wanted”

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Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim Idris has declared spokesman of General Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua wanted over anti-Buhari statement, citing public controversy and incitement of public disturbance.

The statement declaring Afegbua wanted alleges him of “making false statements, defamation of character and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance throughout the country”.

In a response, however, Afegbua’s lawyers from the kayode Ajulo & Co Chambers wrote to spite the order, stating that their client is not on the run.

Read the statement below:

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 spelled-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 constitutional provisions, the 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.

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