Adeyanju writes DSS, demands Pantami’s prosecution
The Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju has written the Department of State Services (DSS) to demand the prosecution of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sheik Isa Ali Pantami over alleged links with terrorists.
This was contained in a petition dated April 19, 2021, and addressed to the Director-General of the secret police, Yusuf Bichi, and copied to the United States Embassy in Nigeria.
Adeyanju’s petition read, “We write to bring to your notice publications in the media about Sheik Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications wherein he was quoted in the past supporting major terrorist groups – Al-Qaeda and the Talibans and describing Osama Bin Laden as a hero and a better Muslim than himself. And that after public outcry and condemnation, Sheik Pantami has come out to confirm that he expressed such views and regret ever doing so.
“We, therefore, call upon you in the face of his admission, to invite him for questioning with the view of prosecuting for supporting terrorism. It will interest you to know that many Nigerians are already wondering how he passed security clearance with your agency to become a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We wish to bring to your notice that terrorists and their sympathisers don’t repent, they are only looking for an opportunity to get close to power so they can strike harder.
“Sheik Pantami is too close to power and we urge you to advise the president from a security point of view to sack him in the interest of Nigeria.”