DSS to quiz CAN President, others over fund raising…………CAN demands apology for earlier arrests

(Last Updated On: April 4, 2017)


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

its Director-General.

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

of Nigeria.