Oshiomhole ‘flees to U.S’ after 9-hour interrogation by DSS

By Sageer Kabeer

After two rounds of interrogation by the Nigeria’s secret police that lasted more than nine hours, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, had fled to the United States, according to reports by Daily Trust on Thursday.

Oshiomhole was interrogated on Sunday and Monday by the Department of State Security (DSS) before he was released on bail. He then travelled to the U.S on Wednesday morning, according to informed sources.

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello secured bail for Oshiomhole from the secret police.

The controversial head of the Nigeria’s ruling party was interrogated after “numerous petitions” over the party’s just concluded primary elections were sent to DSS, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Presidency.

The petitions contain allegations of bribery and manipulation against Oshiomhole.

The petitions were mostly from Imo, Ogun, Niger and Zamfara, Kaduna, Bauchi, Adamawa, Delta and Cross River states, where internal crisis is taking its toll on the party.

Oshiomhole was reportedly said to have sidelined the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party during and after the primaries.

He worked closely only with deputy national chairman (South) Niyi Adebayo, national auditor George Moghalu, and national organizing secretary Emma Ibediro.

APC and Presidency officials were reportedly said to be discussing Oshiomhole’s fate and the damage that recent events could do to the party on the eve of general elections.

The APC national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday that Oshiomhole has travelled out of the country.