Prince Kassim Afegbua has said though the Nigerian Police has announced his order of arrest on the media, it has not received any invitation from the force.
Prince Afegbua who is the spokesman for a former President of Nigeria, Ibrahim Babangida was declared wanted concerning a statement urging Nigerians to get involved in 2019 which he released on behalf of his boss.
The Force spokesman, JImoh Moshood on Monday told TheCable that Afegbua’s statement was injurious and inciteful as it also called Nigerians to vote for new leadership in 2019.
He said “The IGP has ordered the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for making false statements, injurious falsehood, defamation of character and for an act capable of inciting public disturbance throughout the country,” Moshood told TheCable.
“He is therefore declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force and should report at the nearest police station anywhere he is in the country.”
He had earlier told NAIJA CENTER NEWS that he was never declared wanted as he had spoken with his Boss, IBB.
“There is nothing like that. I have just spoken to my boss IBB a couple of minutes ago.” he said.
In a new statement signed by his legal representative Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law, Abuja-NIGERIA, Afegbua said that the police had yet to officially invite him even though his house address is known publicly, before declaring him wanted on the media.
The statement reads
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 spelt-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 Constitution provisions, 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.