Yahaya Bello

Kogi State governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has distanced himself from the arrest of his estranged deputy, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke and the son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, Alhaji Muhammed Audu, by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The duo were detained by the DSS on Friday, but released later, for yet undisclosed reasons.

Bello, in a statement issued by his media office on Sunday, said he never sent a petition against the duo to the DSS.

The statement which was endorsed by one Jude Salau, reads: “The allegation that I sent a petition to the DSS is an absolute falsehood and nothing can be farther from the truth.

“I did not send any petition to the security department to invite Hon. Faleke. The insinuations that I might have written a petition to push for their invitation is absolute falsehood. Nothing can be farther from the truth.”

He noted that the DSS has proven to be a highly professional body under its present leadership and as such cannot be pushed around by any single individual or group.

“We should all strive to support the independence of our security agencies from political interference. Agencies of government related to law enforcement and judiciary must be seen as impartial in our collective desire to build a strong democracy,” he added.

Bello urged members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the people to continually seek amicable resolution of issues in the interest of the state.

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