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Melaye must not die in detention, Fasehun declares


Founder of the Yoruba militia organisation, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has warned against Senator Dino Melaye dying in prison.

He also condemned his arraignment by the Nigeria Police on a hospital stretcher.
Faseun, who said this in a statement yesterday, described the act as a gross violation of human rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

While calling for his immediate release, he also criticised the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and his collaborators over the incident.

He cautioned that their actions were contributing to the Buhari’s sordid human rights records.
According to him: “By transporting Melaye on a stretcher from Abuja for arraignment in Lokoja, Kogi State, the IGP is behaving like a Gestapo police chief in Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

“That action is unacceptable. It is man’s inhumanity against man. The distinguished Senator’s arraignment in a stretcher is degrading, dehumanising and draconian, and deserves universal condemnation by all right-thinking persons.”

Fasehun said whoever is maltreating the senator representing Kogi West could only hide under the cover of this regime.

He said such person would surely account for this gross misdeed not only to Nigerians, but also the international community.
He commended Melaye’s contributions at plenary which, he described as bold, energetic, researched, cerebral and oratorical.
According to OPC founder: “It was clear that the police were mishandling and maltreating the Senator as part of an ongoing script designed to silence the opposition.”

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