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‘I Was Thoroughly Grilled By DSS’, Fani-Kayode Narrates His Experience

The Director of Special Projects and New media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode, has confirmed that he was thoroughly grilled yesterday, when he appeared before the Department of State Security (DSS).

The former minister of Aviation was invited by the DSS for tweeting that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met with some unnamed army generals.

Speaking with reporters at the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja after meeting with agents of the secret police, he said at the right time, the PDP presidential candidate would be invited for questioning.

“We have no choice but to have confidence in the system, we have no other system and where to go. By and large, the system works. Sometimes, it may not get it right but most of the time, they get it right,” Fani-Kayode said.

“I appreciate the fact that when it comes to national security we have to be careful for all our sakes, especially at a time like this.

“I won’t criticise anybody at this time for doing their job. It was extremely challenging for me at 62 to be confronted by a panel like that of very strong young men. It was not an easy thing but we went through it.

“I issued a statement about three or four days ago expressing my concern about some reports in the media that suggested that Atiku Abubakar had some meetings with some generals in the Nigerian military.

“Based on that, I now asked questions about what he was doing and I suggest that it was possible, if true, that the most important thing is that there is a wider script, a hidden agenda.”

He said he was told that while an unknown online medium carried the story, his tweet gave prominence to the news, because his tweet would have been read by several people across the globe.

The party chieftain said the secret police had a lot of information about him before he got there, and admitted that though they grilled thoroughly, they were however polite, professional and not biased in any way.

“I have nothing to hide. And though it was very difficult. I have been interrogated by many security agencies, the police,  EFCC for the last 15 years, I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve been in and out also, I’ve seen all sorts, but let me tell you, the place anybody doesn’t really want to go, I would suggest it’s probably the DSS. It’s a very, very challenging place to have to go. But I thank God that it went well,” he said.

The Minister was told to return on Wednesday fore more questioning.

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