The reported arrest of Edo State Deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, by the Department of State Services, DSS, has drawn the reaction of the Intelligence agency.
Shaibu, the running mate to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, was rumoured to have been put under house arrest by the DSS over alleged thumb-printed ballot papers and arms and ammunition found in his house at his Jattu hometown in Etsako West Local Government Area in Edo North Senatorial District.
DSS Director, Waziri Mohammed, debunked the rumour in an interview he granted The Nation saying, “This is false. Kindly disregard it please.”
Shaibu’s camp through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Benjamin Atu, also denied his reported arrest but said they intercepted plot by ex-governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to get him arrested.
Aku said: “Comrade Shaibu has not been arrested, but we are aware of an ongoing plan to arrest him over unfounded lies so that Comrade Oshiomhole and his cohorts will have the freedom to rig the Edo North Senatorial District’s election.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked against rigging the election in Edo State, promising to congratulate whoever emerges as the winner. But Comrade Oshiomhole and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (Edo APC’s governorship candidate), who felt betrayed by the President’s statement, decided to use the back door to arrest Edo deputy governor in the name of illegal possession of arms. It is a lie from the pit of hell.
“Comrade Shaibu has been in active politics since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, and he has never been linked to issue of arms deal. How can the allegations be levelled against him less than 24 hours to the Edo governorship election?
“I want to assure you that Comrade Shaibu cannot be arrested, because the people of Edo State will resist it. Comrade Oshiomhole is planning to create unrest in the state on election day by his attempt to use the DSS to arrest the deputy governor.”