Former Special Adviser on Niger Delta to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Kingsley Kuku has said that he is a victim of rivalry between EFCC and DSS
EFCC had invited Kuku several times over alleged financial fraud
But Kuku failed to honour the invitation based on restraining court order
Former Special Adviser on Niger Delta to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Kingsley Kuku, has claimed he is a victim of the rivalry between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kuku said this in a statement released on Thursday May 4.
We gathered that in 2015, the EFCC invited him several times for questioning over alleged financial fraud, but he failed to honour the invitations.
The anti-graft agency has not taken any further action, because of a court restraining order.
However, the DSS allegedly accused the EFCC of shielding the former presidential aide, whom they wanted for interrogation. The DSS claimed Kuku was behind some of the militant activities in the Niger Delta.
Kuku has denied these claims, saying the agency was desperate to arrest him and give him the “Dasuki treatment”.
“It is clear that the EFCC and indeed the DSS are bent on persecuting me and deploying extra-legal means to deal with me instead of waiting for the legal process to run its course. It is within my constitutionally guaranteed right to seek legal protection when my safety and right to life is no longer assured by institutions of state saddled with that responsibility.
“In outright violation of this valid restraining order on these agencies, I have also become a victim of the ongoing unhealthy rivalry between the EFCC and the DSS where I am being subjected to the worst form of media trial and have been serially libelled.
“It is a trend all over the world for security and investigative agencies of government to engage in some form of rivalry.
“What is, however, uncommon in the instant case between the EFCC and the DSS is the unnecessary politicisation of such rivalry. And this is very regrettable. My appeal to both agencies is that I do not wish to be used as a punching bag in their supremacy battles.
“A few days ago, there were reports in the media in which the DSS in a curiously unsigned statement, which was equally attributed to a confidential source in the agency, accused the EFCC of shielding me from prosecution
“I had stated earlier why I’m yet to return to the country. But it is not true that the EFCC is shielding me from prosecution.
“In a true democracy where the rule of law is not observed in the breach, the EFCC cannot do otherwise it would have disobeyed and of course be in contempt of the valid and subsisting order of the courts. Any action to the contrary amounts to persecution and a recourse to self-help, which unfortunately the DSS is prodding the EFCC towards.
“The DSS claimed that it was investigating me for acts bordering on economic sabotage and pipeline destruction. I also wonder where this came from because I have never been invited by the service.
“I’m a patriotic Nigerian, who for over a decade has rendered selfless and committed service to Nigeria at different levels. I cannot turn around to destroy a house of which I’m a co-builder. Let posterity be the judge of my service.
The security agency equally alleged that I am “a fugitive, who is believed to be funding illegal raids like the one carried out on the residence of a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche.”