Nigeria State Police (SSS) Detains Opposition Politician, Nasir El-Rufai

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Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai

Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and the national secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasir El-Rufai, was prevented by agents of the State Security Service (SSS) from leaving Finotel Hotel in Awka, Anambra state, Nigeria, where he lodged in order to help monitor the Anambra Governorship Election.

El-Rufai stated to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), “I arrived in Awka by 7 p.m. on Friday and had a brief session with the APC candidate, Senator Chris Ngige. When I came out to have my dinner, I saw three heavily armed SSS officers at the hotel.

I asked them why they were following me; they told me that they were protecting me because Awka is not safe.

I told them that I came with my own security. This morning, as I was about to have breakfast, they blocked the corridor and tried to restrain me from going out but I pushed by and went to the restaurant to eat.

After my breakfast, I will be going to the APC Situation Room in town to monitor the election. I am being unlawfully detained here.’’

Nasir El-Rufai also stated via his Twitter handle, “In the midst of a phone interview with AIT’s Obiora Ilo, the SSS forcefully and unlawfully seized the phone thus abruptly end the interview.”

The Director of SSS in Anambra state, Mr A.U. Okeiyi, reportedly confirmed that El-Rufai was detained. He stated during a telephone interview, “El-Rufai is not an ordinary person. If anything happens to him, they will blame the security.’’

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