Former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor, has given insight into the agency’s decision not to arrest Datti Baba-Ahmed, the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
News About Nigeria reports that, according to Ejiofor, there was no compelling evidence to warrant Baba-Ahmed’s arrest.
Baba-Ahmed recently caused controversy in Nigeria when he suggested in an interview with Channels Television that the swearing-in of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29 could spell the end of democracy in the country.
This statement received widespread criticism, and some of Tinubu’s supporters even called for Baba-Ahmed’s arrest.
Speaking on Arise TV, Ejiofor explained that the DSS would take action if they had any evidence against Baba-Ahmed.
However, he stated that the agency had not found any concrete evidence to support his arrest.
Ejiofor also pointed out that a similar statement was made by a former vice president in 2015 and that the DSS did not take any action at that time.
Ejiofor further explained that the DSS would continue to monitor events as they unfolded and bring anyone, regardless of their position or age, before the law if necessary.
However, he also stressed the need to manage sensibilities and handle the situation without compromising the country’s security.