CNPP threatens to occupy National Assembly over detention of CUPP spokesperson
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has threatened to lock down the National Assembly if the police hierarchy fails to immediately release the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.
It claimed that the detainee’s life was in danger on account of the congested nature of the facility he is being held.
Briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, CNPP’s Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, stated Ugochinyere was arrested last Thursday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) allegedly on the orders of the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, amid a subsisting order barring the police from carrying out the action.
On the alleged threat to the life of the CUPP’s mouthpiece, he submitted: “Our major fears at the moment is that Mr. Ugochinyere may not come out of police detention alive. Our findings show that not only that Mr. Ugochinyere is kept in a crowded cell of about 40 people, who were arrested for contravening the COVID protocols and curfew, they have continued to add more people to the facility.”
Ezugwu further claimed: “This may be part of a plot to ensure that Mr. Ugochinyere does not leave the police custody alive. It is surprising that at a time the police authorities are expected to decongest detention facilities nationwide as a result of the COVlD-19 pandemic, the contrary is the case. The CNPP, therefore, alerts all Nigerians of good conscience that Ugochinyere’s life is currently in danger, and the police authorities should be held responsible if he tests positive for COVI-19 after 14 days of his release.”
The CNPP official threatened: “We will not hesitate to mobilise all pro-democracy forces and civil society groups for a Iockdown of the National Assembly if the Speaker of the House of Representatives is not immediately called to order by Mr. President and the APC.”