Former military president, Ibrahim Babangida’s official spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua, yesterday disclosed that it was the former president who called to inform him that he has wanted by the police.
He however added that Babangida was surprised and wondered why the police declared him wanted when he is not a criminal.
Afegbua reported at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja at about 10:10am on Wednesday after the police declared him wanted for writing a disputed statement on behalf of Babangida.
Afegbua had on Sunday signed the statement for Babangida in which the former military ruler expressed misgivings about the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and called for a younger leader to emerge in 2019.
However, a counter statement purportedly signed by Babangida was released few hours after the earlier statement made it to the media, which adopted a conciliatory tone in its observations about the Buhari administration but maintained that it was time for a younger generation of leaders to emerge.
Following this development, the police declared Afegbua wanted “for making false statements, injurious falsehood, defamation of character and for act capable of inciting public disturbance throughout the country”.
He turned up at the Louis Edet House in Abuja, accompanied by his legal team, led by his lead counsel, Dr. Kayode Ajulo.
Speaking with newsmen shortly before entering the Louis Edet House, Afegbua maintained that Babangida was fully in support of the statement and is standing solidly behind him.
His words, “the former president is fully behind me and he has been in touch with me. There’s no need for him to say anything more than he has already said.
“It will even interest you to know that when I was declared wanted on national television, my boss, IBB was the one who called me and asked, ‘why are they declaring you wanted? Are you a criminal?’ and we laughed over it.”
After the meeting with police authorities, Afegbua, in an interview with journalists, said the police have apologised for declaring him wanted.
“Incidentally, it became a very fair discussion. The police said there was a mixed up somewhere, to have warranted me being declared wanted and they apologised,” he said.
On the N1bn suit he instituted against the police and some media houses, he said: “Of course, you know we have a case in court, my lawyers will advise what steps we are going to take.”