By John Ikani
The Defence Headquarters has dismissed reports that Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (rtd) was declared wanted by the Defence Intelligence Agency over anti-Buhari’s interview as unfounded.
The DHQ in a statement issued on Saturday by the Director of Defence Information, Benjamin Sawyerr, a major-general said its intelligence agency only ‘invited’ Olawunmi, so he can share the information he has with the agency.
The invitation follows an interview Mr Olawunmi granted Channels Television where he criticised the handling of Nigeria’s security situation under President Muhammadu Buhari and made some allegations against the federal government.
Mr Sawyerr also said the retired officer was not asked to come along with his international passport.
He described the report by the news outlet as “scandalous and malicious,” adding that the proposed meeting was just an agency-stakeholder relationship.
The statement reads: “Please gentlemen of the press. There is a Sahara reporters online news that the DIA has ordered for the arrest of Commodore Olawunmi rtd. This is false and not true. We are issuing a statement soon.
“You recall he said he has privileged to lots of information during his media interview on Channels. He was only invited through text message to come over as a retired military officer to shed more lights with the information that would assist the AFN to further fight against terrorism, insurgency and banditry.
“Also recall that the CDS has just concluded his tour of the six Geo-Political Zones where he solicited the support and cooperation of retired military officers. Arrest of persons was not part of it”.