The Director General of the Department of State Service, Lawam Daura, on Thursday kept Prince Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman of former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, waiting for about seven hours without keeping the appointment scheduled with him.
Daura had invited Afegbua for an interview at 11am on Thursday but was not in the office until 6:55pm when he left the DSS headquarters in Abuja with his lead lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo.
Daura was said to have gone for a State function.
Afegbua is now expected to report at the Yellow House on Friday at 11am.
He was invited by the secret police for questioning on Wednesday night, hours after he was questioned by the police and released.
Both invitations were because of a statement he signed on behalf of Babangida.
Afegbua in company with his lawyers, including the lead counsel, Dr. Ajulo, arrived the DDS headquarters around 12pm and subsequently left at 6:55pm.
Whilst in the premises, the visitors were kept in the DG’s waiting room but not without an extension of kind and hospitable gesture from their host.
They were served with cold drinks and food of their choice under a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
Afegbua, a devoted Muslim, missed his 2 o’clock prayers though, but later spoke to his host that he needed to observe his prayers by 4pm and his request was accordingly granted.
Ajulo, when contacted, said: “There is no cause for alarm.
“I had said my client will be here today and that promise had been kept.
“My client has records of showing respect for constituted authority.
“We’ve been asked to come tomorrow (February 9, 2018) around 11am.
“Thats all I can say for now.
“I don’t want to preempt the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting.”
The erudite lawyer further stated that his letter requesting for the reason for the verbal invitation from the DSS is still subsisting and that his client is yet to be formally informed about the motive of the invitation.
He stated that all these concerns needed to be addressed.