The Nigeria Police Force has apologised to Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Nigeria’s former military president, for declaring him wanted.
The apology was tendered on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, when Afegbua went to the Force Headquarters to turn himself in after he was declared wanted by Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer.
Moshood, who also on Tuesday described the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, as a “drowning man”, said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, declared Afegbua wanted in connection with a statement he issued on behalf of Babangida on Sunday.
The statement had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to quit the political scene in 2019 for a younger element to run the country.
A contrary statement came a few hours later, which Babangida has since denounced.
When Afegbua stormed the Force Headquarters with his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, he was told by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Monitoring Team and Moshood that the Force goofed in the first instance declaring him wanted.
Afegbua was informed that all that the police wanted to achieve was to find out why there were two different statements in the name of Babangida in one day.
The Force, the two police officers told Afegbua and Ajulo, has since been able to establish the truth of the matter.
When asked if the case already instituted against Idris, Moshood, the Police Force and two others would be withdrawn, he said:
“I am only a lawyer, I wait for instructions.