Reports have emerged that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered for the arrest of Prince Kassim Afegbua, the media aide to former president and military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, for the statement he issued on behalf of his principal.
The Nation quoted a source in the presidency as saying that the warrant of arrest has been issued on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Afegbua, in a statement purportedly issued yesterday on behalf of IBB, had quoted the former President as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek for reelection in 2019.
“In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country,” Afegbua had said.
However, in a swift reaction, the former President, in another statement, denied issuing the previous statement.
“Let’s me categorically state that as a former President and Statesman, I have unfettered access and channel of communication with the highest authorities in the country without necessary going public with a sensational statement. Therefore, the views expressed in the alleged statement are not mine but that of the writer,” Mr. Babangida was quoted as saying by PRNigeria.
He called on Nigerians to disregard the earlier statement by Afegbua.
In the light of the controversy that has trailed the first statement, the Presidency source, who does not want his name in print, said that the IGP has ordered for the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for allegedly issuing a false statement.
“The IGP has ordered for the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for issuing a fake statement. He was advised to submit himself to the Force Headquarters in 24 hours or face arrest,” the source said.