Security agencies to interview Obasanjo over controversial letter

Security agencies to interview Obasanjo over controversial letter

The nation's security agencies have concluded arrangements to interview former president Olusegun Obasanjo so that he can explain n details some the allegations he made in his letter to Jonathan.

Barely 24hours after Jonathan's reply to Obasanjo's letter, an inter-departmental team of the nation’s security apparatus consisting of representatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Police were to visit Obasanjo in Abeokuta or at his farm in Otta, Ogun State on the mission, which a source called “routine,” but for the absence of the former leader from the country, it was stalled.

According to the source, “The best the security agencies can do under this circumstance is to interview the former president for us to be given the opportunity to know from him what the nation’s security community did not know before now.

“You ought to know that security apparatus does not work like politicians; anywhere and whenever politicians have problems, security agencies tend to steer clear, because they know how they settle their differences.

“But in this case, certain issues have been unravelled in form of allegations in the said letter, which in the thinking of those in the best position, requires that further information be sought from the former president.

“But the only thing is that he has to be given first charge respect as a former president of the country; it is either the team visits him in Abeokuta or in his Otta farm or anywhere he deems necessary, in order for him to explain details to the team,” he said.

He further said, “This is very important and needs not to be politicised, because some of the issues border on the nation’s security and security of individuals who are players in the polity.”   

When contacted the special adviser to the president on political matters, Ahmed Gulak said, “Whether or not the security agencies have set up a team to either have audience with the former president or not remains within the purview of the security agencies.

Only the office of the NSA or any other relevant security official can answer that question because it is not a political matter but a security one.

“Besides, you have read the president’s reply; he made it clear that the security agencies will probe; so take it like that.”



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