The Department Of State Security Service, DSS, on Wednesday interrogated Usman Bugaje, an ardent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari administration, over a recent interview he granted African Television, AIT.
Sources close to Bugaje said he reported at the DSS headquarters in Abuja at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, based on invitation.
Bugaje, who in 2016 turned down the Buhari administration’s Ambassadorial appointment offer, was interrogated in custody for eight hours, the sources said.
Recall that Bugaje, the Convener of Arewa Research and Development Project, ARDP, left the DSS premises at about 7p.m. after he was granted bail by the Secret police on Wednesday.
An associate of Bugaje said that the Secret Service had invited him two weeks ago after he featured twice on the AIT programmes in Abuja.
“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 DSS, 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 DSS in Abuja and he was detained,” the source said.
Bugaje, a notable Northern Politician who had served in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Government, had in 2016 turned down Buhari’s Ambassadorial nomination offer.
He had premised his rejection of the plum job on desire to nurture a development blueprint for Northern Nigeria called, “Arewa Research and Development Project.”