Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caucus in the House of Representatives yesterday described the arrest and continued detention of the spokesperson of the party, Chief Olisah Metuh, as a display of authoritarian and dictatorial tendencies by the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
Leader of the caucus and minority leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor stated this during a media briefing at the National Assembly complex.
Ogor expressed displeasure that the continued incarceration of the opposition party mouthpiece was a witch-hunt and politically motivated.
The caucus leader said that the offence allegedly committed by the party chieftain was not a treasonable felony and therefore should be granted bail in recognition of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
According to him, “To avoid dictatorship and authoritarianism, it is our collective responsibility to speak against this unfortunate situation. We insist that he should be taken to a competent court of jurisdiction in the next 48 hours.”
Metuh, who is the national publicity secretary of the PDP, was arrested and held in detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on January 5, 2016, for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, funds meant for the purchase of arms and ammunitions for the military.
Ogor pointed that the EFCC was not a judge and a democratic system of government guarantees certain fundamental human rights for the citizens, which must be respected by government and all its agencies.
The group further decried the arrest and release within eight hours by the EFCC of Mr. Isa Jafaru, a political associate of President Buhari who was arrested on the same offence as that of the PDP spokesperson, adding that it clearly showed the bias and vindictive nature of the anti-corruption war being waged by the Buhari-led federal government.

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