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PDP leaders decry Kogi lawmaker’s arrest


A PDP gathering

A PDP gathering

LEADERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Igalamela/Adolu Local Council of Kogi State have raised alarm over an illegal arrest of the lawmaker representing their constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr. Friday Sani, by the police over alleged trumped‎-up charges.

The leaders, who stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre yesterday, called on the Inspector-General of Police, the out-going President Goodluck Jonathan and the in-coming President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly wade into the matter before the people embark on protests.

It was learnt that the lawmaker was arrested at gunpoint after the tyres of his BMW car were deflated between Nnsuka/Odolu on Friday.

According to counsel to the lawmaker, Mr. John Adele, they would take legal steps to enforce his fundamental human rights, which had been violated, saying that they would also claim damages.

According to him, being a prominent member of the society, and a lawmaker, he was entitled to that honour of being invited for questioning without necessarily making a show of his arrest in an intimidating manner, especially as he has known address where he could be located anytime.

The lawyer, who described the arrest as being politically-motivated by his political opponents who were not happy that he defeated them in the House of Assembly election, warned the Inspector-General of Police not to allow his men to be used to fight political battles.

Adele, who alleged that the lawmaker was arrested on Friday night and “flown” to Abuja, stated that efforts to secure his release proved abortive.

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