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Fayose condemns continued detention of Suswan, Aliyu, others


Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has decried the arrest and continued detention of former governors of Benue and Niger states, Mr. Gabriel Suswan and Dr. Babangida Aliyu, as well the National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), Comrade Austin Usman Okai as a further demonstration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of vindictiveness and disrespect for the laws of the country.

He said there was no law permitting security agents to detain Nigerians indefinitely, adding that: “It is even more worrisome that Suswan has been in detention since February 26 this year and Austin Okai who was arrested in Abuja last Sunday, was arraigned in a Lokoja Magistrate Court on Thursday, granted bail and rearrested at the court premises by the same police that charged him to court.”

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday, and signed by Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he lamented that “those holding power in Abuja have become defiant to reasons, operating as if they are laws onto themselves.”

“Arresting people without proper and thorough investigation is the reason EFCC continues lose its cases. How can you arrest someone, put him in detention and start looking for evidence to prosecute him?

“On Wednesday, the Department of State Services (DSS) came up with the most ridiculous reason for keeping Suswan in detention since February. The service said it would not release him because he failed to cooperate with investigators. The question is; what cooperation does the DSS need from someone that will require him being kept in detention for close to two months without charging him to court?

“One may also ask; is the DSS also keeping the head of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since late 2015 despite that the court ruled that he should be released in custody because he refused to cooperate with investigators?

“Are we back to the era of Decree 2 of 1984 when the National Security Organisation (NSO) had powers to arrest and detain Nigerians indefinitely?“Also, for what lawful reason would the Police charge Austin Okai to court and rearrest him at the court premises after he was granted bail? Isn’t the brutish use of power by these APC elements getting too much?,” he queried.

On the continued detention of Aliyu, Fayose pointed out that investigating allegations of corruption does not empower the EFCC or any security agency to detain any Nigeria indefinitely without trial.

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