Terrorism: Invite Akpabio for questioning, PDP urges DSS

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Department of State
Services (DSS) and other security agencies to immediately invite the
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to name
politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) that are behind the
acts of terrorism and banditry ravaging our nation.

The PDP stressed that there was  self-professed evidence that Senator
Akpabio was privy to certain terrorism related information which he must
be made to share with the DSS as well as other security agencies.

It said in a statement, “Our party’s position is predicated on comments made by Senator Akpabio at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday that the acts of terrorism in our country are “politically motivated” and that they are
handiwork of infiltrators from neigbouring countries.

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“It is instructive to state that Senator Akpabio’s revelation provides
more insight into the alleged affiliation of APC leaders with terrorist
elements, who had reportedly infiltrated our nation after being imported
from neighboring countries by the APC, as political mercenaries, to
assist it in unleashing violence to rig the 2019 general elections.

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the APC and its leaders have
failed to account for these mercenaries and have remained silent despite
widespread demands by Nigerians asking the APC to return these killers
to wherever they brought them.

“Moreover, Senator Akpabio’s position also points to the shocking
unmasking of a member of the APC led Federal Executive Council, the
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, as a
terrorism apologist.

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“It is quite revealing that despite Pantami’s confession of being a
terrorism apologist, the Buhari Presidency had granted him official
cover, while the APC had continued in its conspiratorial silence in the
face of escalated killings and occupation of parts of our nation by
terrorists.

“Our party can also recall how the APC government, instead of going after
the assailants, rather blamed the 43 rice farmers, who were last year
beheaded by terrorists in Borno state, accusing them of not getting
permission before going about their legitimate business in their own
country.

“Nigerians can also recall how some governors elected on the platform of
the APC where seen having photo-ops with gun-wielding bandits in
addition to their vehement opposition to PDP’s call on the Federal
Government to impose a national emergency on security.

“The stance of the APC and its administration have continued to embolden
terrorists to escalate their activities to the extent that our nation
now ranks third in the world terrorism index.

“Now that Senator Akpabio has shown that he has certain information
regarding the spur for escalated acts of terrorism in our country, our
party urges the DSS and other security agencies to immediately invite
him for questioning so as to expose the politicians in his party that
are behind the ugly situation in our country.”