Former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress, Dr Usman Bugaje was on Wednesday April 28 allegedly detained for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s handling of insecurity in the country.
Daily Trust reported that Bugaje was invited and quizzed at a unit in the Office of the National Security Adviser by the secret police, after appearing on a programme aired by the African Independent Television.
Premium Times reported that Mr Bugaje, the convener of Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) who in 2016 turned down the Buhari administration’s ambassadorial appointment offer, was interrogated in custody for eight hours. He reportedly left the SSS premises at about 7p.m. after he was granted bail by the secret police on Wednesday.
An associate of the former national secretary of the Action Congress told the publication that the secret service invited him two weeks ago after he featured twice on the AIT programmes in Abuja.
The associate said;
“Dr Bugaje had featured twice on an interview programme of the AIT two weeks ago. After his appearances on the television, he received an invitation from the SSS, asking him to report at its office to provide further clarifications on the comments he made on the programmes.
“Today (Wednesday) at 10a.m, he (Mr Bugaje) reported at the SSS in Abuja and he was detained.”