by Gbenga Gbelee
The Department of State Services is reportedly billed to interrogate the President of
the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Dr. Supo Ayokunle and its General Secretary,
Dr. Musa Asake.
The Christian umbrella body made this known just as it demanded that the DSS tenders a
written apology to four members of its Board of Trustees’ who were detained on the orders of
This was contained in a protest letter written by the Director of Legal and Public
Affairs of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kwamkur Samuel and addressed to the
Director General of DSS, Mamman Daura, which wasmade available to journalists on
Sunday in Abuja.
CAN specifically asked that the DSS should be careful in dealing with the Body of
Christ in Nigeria for the purpose of promoting the confidence of the average Nigerian
Christian in the government of the day just as it warned of the risks associated it such
spurious allegations, arrests and interrogation of religious leaders are not carefully handled by
the security agency.
It was earlier reported that four BoT members of the CAN Trustfund who are also
leaders of National Christian Elders’ Forum, were detained and quizzed for four hours at the
DSS Headquarters in Abuja, following a video in which they were soliciting mobilisation of
funds for CAN to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
Those interrogated by the DSS were a former Chief of General Staff, during the
administration of IBB, Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd), representing TEKAN/ECWA Bloc
of CAN; a retired High Court Judge, Justice Kalajine Anigbogu, representing Christian
Council of Nigeria Bloc; Mrs. Osaretin Demuren, representing Organization of African
Instituted Churches and a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde
Lemo, representing Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship