Nigeriangossip has just learnt that officials of the State Security Service (SSS) have released Nasir El-Rufai, a former Minster for the Federal Capital Territory, on bail. A source close at the SSS told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that the agency released Mr. El-Rufai after interrogating earlier today. The former minister is the interim deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr. El-Rufai had turned himself in this morning accompanied by Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Chris Ngige and several family members. However, our correspondent was told that his companions were not allowed inside the SSS headquarters in Abuja, the venue of the former minister’s interrogation.
Our source also revealed that agents of the SSS were upset to find out that Mr. El-Rufai had arrived at their offices with gadgets to record his interrogation.
The agent disclosed that the former minister was released after he provided a surety as demanded by the security agency as a condition for his release. The source, however, refused to disclose the identity of Mr. El-Rufai’s surety.
Mr. El-Rufai and the SSS had engaged in a mild drama last week after operatives of the agency stormed his residence to effect his arrest. The former minister stated that he was willing to submit himself to the agency, but added that the operatives failed to show an arrest warrant issued by a judge. The drama took a different dimension this morning when he showed up at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja escorted by top officials of the APC.