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Group asks IGP to investigate Keyamo over assassination comment

A human rights organisation has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to urgently invite for interrogation, the Federal Minister of State for Labour…

A human rights organisation has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to urgently invite for interrogation, the Federal Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), over his comments on an assassination attempt on the life of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Keyamo, who doubles as the official spokesperson for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 Presidential Candidate’s Campaign Council, in a statement on Tuesday, claimed that Obi plans to fake an assassination attempt on himself “and hire Labour Party boys dressed in APC caps and T-shirts to attack some Labour Party offices.”

The Advocates for Peoples Rights and Justice in a letter dated and received on September 15, 2022, and signed by its National Coordinator, Victor Giwa, said the organisation as an accredited Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Observer, finds the actions of politicians ahead of the 2023 general elections as capable of heating the polity.

In the letter titled, ‘Request to Invite Festus Keyamo (SAN) for Interrogation and Warning for Comments Capable of Invoking Violence Contrary to the Electoral Act, 2023’, Giwa pleads with the IGP to consider the information and act quickly because the comment was “provocative, tempestuous, and inciting.”