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Friday, 9 November 2018

Oshiomhole To Face Further DSS Questioning

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is expected to return to the Department of State Services for further interrogation anytime he returns to the country, The Punch has learnt.

It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the investigation of the former governor of Edo State by the security agency.

It was gathered that the President was informed by the Director-General of the DSS, Mr Yusufi Bichi, about the desire of the agency to grill Oshiomhole over allegations levelled against him by some aggrieved members of the party.


Presidency sources told one of Punch correspondents that the President actually asked the secret police to “go ahead and do their job” when he was told about the allegations of the party chairman.

Oshiomhole, who became the national chairman of the party less than five months ago, has been having a running battle with some governors and leaders within the ruling party.

The leaders and the governors believed that the former governor did not handle the just concluded party primaries across the country well.

It was learnt that some of the governors, especially those  who were unable to secure party tickets for their favourite candidates, had been mounting pressure on the President to overrule the party chairman on the choice of candidates from their states.

It was reported on Wednesday that the DSS grilled Oshiomhole for about nine hours between Sunday and Monday before he travelled out of the county.

Security sources confirmed to one of Punch correspondents that Oshiomhole would be expected to return for interrogation on his return to the country.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has urged the DSS to probe Oshiomhole ’s call logs for the period the party’s primaries lasted.

He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to join the DSS in looking into the financial transactions made by the party chairman within the period under review.

Okechukwu, who is a chieftain of the party in Enugu State, made the call at a media briefing at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.

He argued that recent revelations about the national chairman’s grilling by the DSS over allegations of financial impropriety were sufficient reasons for him to resign

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