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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BREAKING! Makarfi demands freedom Of Detained PDP Members

Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded unconditional and immediate release of party members in detention facilities across the country.
The faction made the call in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye in Abuja.
Makarfi said that the PDP’s attention had been drawn to the unconstitutional and indiscriminate arrest and detention of its members and supporters nationwide on phantom charges.
He noted that Salisu Mamuda, the Chairman of PDP Jigawa chapter was on Feb. 4, arrested for criticising the state government against spending N400 million to entertain defectors from PDP to APC.
Makarfi also recalled that Babatunde Gbadamosi, a 2015 PDP Governorship Aspirant in Lagos was arrested by men of the Department of State Services on Feb. 17.
He said that Gbadamosi was arrested for allegedly exposing the Forex racketeering at the Central Bank of Nigeria, adding that on March 3, Alhaji Abdulrahman Mohammed, a PDP Chieftain in Kogi was arrested on trump-up charges and detained illegally for “criticising the wrong policies, bad governance and non-performance’’ of Gov. Yahaya Bello.
“On Sunday, April 9, 2017, Mr Austin Okai, a PDP Youth leader and frontline critic of the Yahaya Bello’s APC-led government in Kogi State, was arrested by men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squared (SARS) on phantom petitions by some cronies of the governor”, he said.
Makarfi added that there were also reports of indiscriminate arrest and detention of Nigerians in Kaduna, Edo, and Nasarawa,
He described the indiscriminate arrest of PDP members as “absurd, disheartening and a serious threat’’ to Nigeria’s hard earned democracy.
“Nigerians cannot and should not be arrested and detained indiscriminately for criticising and holding government accountable.
“Constructive criticism is the primary responsibility of opposition in a democracy all over the world and Nigeria cannot be an exception.
“We will mobilise Nigerians at all levels to fight against the use of arms in a democratic system to ridicule and intimidate citizens of this country’’, he added.

He called on all civil rights organisation across the country and in the Diaspora to rise to the defence of Nigerians.
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