The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is said to have ordered the arrest of the media aide to former President Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Kassim Afegbua, following the statement he issued on behalf of his boss.
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Afegbua released a statement purportedly from Babangida in which the ex-President urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection on incompetence grounds. On hitting the headlines, a rebuttal of the earlier statement allegedly by the ex-military leader emerged.
However, Afegbua in an interview he granted Punch said he stood by the statement, insisting that he sat with the former dictator before he issued it.
“I have been doing this job for 14 years now and I have never issued a statement on behalf of former President Babangida and get a rebuttal. I extracted commitment from him and authorisation before I issued the statement and it was in process but of course you know, IBB is for everyone and so people want to love him more than he loves himself,” the media aide told Punch.
The Nation reports that a Presidency source told the paper that the IGP has ordered Afegbua’s arrest for allegedly issuing a fake statement.
It said Afegbua was advised to submit himself to the force headquarters within 24 hours or face arrest.