FG, DSS threaten to prosecute Tinubu, Amaechi, others

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29 December 2014 Written By  

FG, DSS threaten to prosecute Tinubu, Amaechi, others

The Federal Government and the Department of State Security (DSS) have threatened to prosecute opposition leaders that make inciting statements ahead of the 2015 general election.

They noted that unguarded comments by politicians had the capacity of undermining the government of Nigeria.

The DSS specifically warned Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State who had expressed support for the soldiers’ protest in the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

Also, the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu came under attack over his call for the use of charms by the electorate in the defence of their votes in 2015.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan, on Monday warned all political office holders, especially those from the opposition who have been making inflammatory statements to desist from that or face the wrath of the law.

He said such inciting statements were capable of igniting crisis.

The Police Affairs Minister made the remark at the public presentation of a book, “Watch the Watcher”, written by Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere.

Adesiyan said: “I have said it and I will continue to say it, by the grace of God, not by my own making, I am the Minister of Police Affairs in the country today, I am warning anybody who makes any inflammatory statement, who says anything that is mutinous, will be arrested and prosecuted. They should stop the drum of war. Anybody who calls for unholy revolution will be consumed by that revolution. Nigeria belongs to all of us.”

The minister stated that the heavy arm of the law will not fail to come against anyone who persists in making such provocative and inciting statements no matter how highly placed such individuals might be.

The minister further cautioned all those who, in the guise of playing the role of opposition to the present administration, are directly inciting the people to resort to violent acts in the forthcoming elections.

He said: “There is nobody that is untouchable, let them do it, I have said it now. They might have done it in the past, but anybody who does it now, no matter how highly placed he is will be arrested and prosecuted. And Nigeria would have seen what they are saying, they are only trying to make a lot of propaganda to cow the government down; nobody can do it. They’ve been in government before, they’ve done it before, they’ve ceased power in an unholy fashion.

“Goodluck Ebele Jonathan never dreamt about ten years ago to think he will become the President of this country. Today, by the grace of God, he has been planted. Whether he is watered or not, he will germinate.”

Adesiyan added that his ministry will not condone all such mutinous statements coming from those in opposition to the present administration, adding that all those inciting the people to violence were not to be considered leaders of good repute.

“That’s why they have to keep shut and watch what they say. In a gathering where you say people should go to the polling centres with charms, cutlass, guns and all the rest, it is mutinous. What are you doing, are you a leader that way? That you try as much as possible to tell your followers to go and make people’s wives widows, their children fatherless; all sorts of inciting statements should not be condoned. So, whoever says it will pay for it and I am saying it, they will pay for it. This country is established by law and law must take its course,” he said.

The minister also condemned the remarks and controversial statements contained in the new book written by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he said was now conniving with the opposition to take over power from the present administration.

Meanwhile, the DSS has warned politicians against statements and utterances that threaten next year’s polls.

The spokesperson of SSS, Marilyn Ogar, warned that no Nigerian was above the laws of the land, even as she cautioned against a situation where politicians will hide under the privilege of their offices, to encourage acts that are counter-productive.

Ogar vowed that her service, in collaboration with other sister security agencies, will protect the nation’s democracy.

Below is the full text of her statement: “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to inciting and unguarded statements and utterances by some politicians ahead of the 2015 general election. Of particular interest is the statement of a serving governor calling on men of the armed forces to rise up in protest against constituted authority, with the intent to undermine the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Their actions which are intended to achieve their desires are irresponsible, selfish and against our collective wellbeing as a nation. It is noteworthy that similar unguarded provocative statements by politicians in the past had encouraged violence that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property.

“It is pertinent to note that no Nigerian is above the laws of this land. Political office holders must not hide under the privileges of their offices to perpetrate and encourage the commission of acts inimical to the general interest of this nation, as this will henceforth not be tolerated.

“This statement therefore serves as the last warning to all those seeking to truncate the nation’s democracy by their careless and obviously mischievous utterances and actions to desist and retrace their steps immediately.

“This Service and indeed all security agencies will not rest on their oars and are committed to the successful conduct of the 2015 general election in Nigeria.”Read full story here: www.newsconnect.ng

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