- A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, is now a free man
- The Kano politician was invited and interrogated by the DSS
- The DSS is notoriously known for intimidating opponents of the government of the day
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The Department of State Services (DSS) has released Ghali Umar Na’Abba, a former speaker of the House of Representatives.
Na'Abba, who was interrogated for his recent comments on national affairs was released by officials of the secret police agency on Monday evening, August 17.
While commenting on national affairs, Na'Abba made critical comments about the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the country as a failed state.
The Kano-born politician is the leader of a new political movement, the National Consultative Forum.
His invitation by the DSS sparked outrage among Nigerians, who accused the Buhari administration of intimidating its perceived opponents.
Reacting to the Na'abba's grilling, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) accused the administration of Buhari of becoming more intolerant of criticism.
The group made this known in a statement released on Sunday, August 16 and sent to several media houses.
The CNG said that the Buhari administration benefitted from the alleged tolerance of the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, wondering why the group can't two the same line in its actions.
The group's spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, also alleged that the Buhari administration is gradually turning Nigeria to a police state.
“The CNG finds it worrying that the current administration is becoming more and more intolerant of opposition and criticism and gradually dragging the country towards a police state,” Suleiman said.
Responding, the presidency said the DSS invited Na’Abbah over a matter that has nothing to do with his utterances against President Buhari.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity made the disclosure on Sunday, August 16, when dismissing claims by the politician that he was invited for criticising the president.
“Our findings have revealed that his invitation has nothing to do with the alleged irresponsible utterances by Umar Ghali Na’abba, which in any case did not catch the attention of the Presidency, or of any serious politician for that matter," the presidential spokesperson said.
The aide further accused the former speaker of making fabrications for political relevance.
In a related development, the DSS has re-invited a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafiya.
The former CBN deputy governor, according to his lawyer, Barrister Bawa Ba, is expected to be at the DSS office Jos, Plateau state capital on Monday, August 17.
Barrister Ba informed journalists that the invitation “was a buildup to the previous one, it is a process with security agents. It is normal for further discussion.”
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