A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has written to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on why he will not be able to honour an invitation to interview him, scheduled for August 28, 2018.
Fani-Kayode’s position was contained in a letter to Idris by his solicitors, Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law.
The letter was signed by Rapheal Oyewole and Idunnu Ajina.
It reads in full:
The Inspector General of Police,
Nigeria Police Force Headquarters,
Louis Edet House,
Garki – Abuja.
Attn: CP Habu A Sani PSC, FCAL
RE: LETTER OF INVITATION
CONSPIRACY, CRIMINAL DEFAMATION, INCITING PUBLICATION, INJURIOUS FALSEHOOD AND CONDUCT LIKELY TO CAUSE A BREACH OF THE PEACE
REQUEST FOR RESCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENT IN RESPECT OF THE ABOVE SUBJECT
The above subject matter and your letter dated 20th August 2018 with respect to same refer.
We are Solicitors to the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, the former Minister of Aviation, and a renowned Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who is hereinafter referred to as “Our Client” and it is on his definite instruction that we make the following representation.
Our Client is in receipt of your letter of invitation under reference but respectfully requests for a rescheduling of the date slated for the interview.
Recall that your letter of invitation is dated 20th August 2018; however, same was delivered to our Client only on the 24th day of August 2018. The said letter has requested that our Client appears before a named officer on the 28th day of August 2018 for what you described as a “fact finding” discussion.
We have our Client’s instruction to inform you that he will honour the said invitation and possibly respond to questions on all facts which may be limited to his knowledge.
However, it is essential to unequivocally state that the invitation letter under reference appears vague and ambiguous in its form. Your office, for reasons best known to them, did not mention the name (s) and person(s) complaining against our Client and on what particular subject matter his presence is required. (Kindly find attached to this letter, a copy of the said invitation letter.)
Therefore, in view of the short notice apparent in your letter under reference, our Client is constrained to politely request for a rescheduling of the interview date and also that he be furnished with essential particulars of the purpose of his visit to your office so as to adequately prepare for the said ‘interview’.
Our Client shall in the circumstance be requesting that the appointment be rescheduled to either the 4th or 5th day of September, 2018, subject to the convenience of your office and officers.
This request is necessitated by the fact that our client already has earlier scheduled programmes that borders on some urgent and crucial matters already lined up for this week including the on-going Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference, which Conference our Client is participating and hosting a number of delegates. These might make it difficult or rather impossible for him to honour the invitation on the scheduled date.
It is in the light of the foregoing that we most respectfully crave your indulgence for a rescheduling of the date slated for the interview to afford our Client the opportunity to attend to his pressing engagements.
In anticipation of your kind response to this letter, please accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.
For: Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law.
Rapheal Oyewole Esq. Counsel
Ms. Idunnu Ajina Counsel
1. The President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Three Arms Zone, Abuja.
2. Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation,
Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja.
3. Hon. Minister of Interior,
Ministry of Interior,
4. The President,
Nigeria Bar Association,
5. The Chairman,
Police Service Commission,