Saturday, July 2, 2011

SSS arrests el-Rufai

The Nation
2 July 2011

The State Security Service on Saturday arrested and quizzed a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory , Mallam Nasir el-Rufai over alleged subversive activities, including a secret meeting in Dubai , against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

 El-Rufai is also in the net for alleged misleading comments on national security matters.
“But at this challenging period of our national life, no intelligence clues can be taken for granted.”

Another source, however, said: “The ex-Minister may have a case to answer for allegedly inciting the military against the government. Both at Chatam House and in his column on Friday, el-Rufai allegedly tried to mislead readers with false figures by claiming that the National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi Owoye will control and spend N208billion this year to manage the nation’s security.

“He also said that the NAS, the Police and Defence will spend combined votes of N865billion.”

The said offensive aspect in el-Rufai’s column reads in part:  “An interesting observation is the fact that the government said the problem of power shortage is a priority, yet the Ministry of Power got N91billion as total appropriation in 2011 while the National Security Adviser(NSA) controls and will spend N208billion(recurrent-N51billion, capital-N59billion, and another N98billion for the amnesty programme!)

“This amount does not include the Defence budget. The Defence Ministry will get N348billion, while the Police will get N309billion.

“In other words, though Nigerians have never felt so insecure in recent history, the NSA, Police, and Defence will spend a combined N865billion-more than N2bilion a day, weekends included! This does not include the 36 states’ so called security votes.”

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