ast week, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, released the Peoples
Democratic Party’s, PDP, Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, after
spending eight days in detention.
writes that his ordeal raises questions
about the alleged politicisation and use of the anti-graft war as a smokescreen to hack
down political opponents by those in the corridor of power
arrest and
detention of the former acting
National Chairman of the
opposition Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, Prince Uche
Secondus, by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has again brought to
the fore allegations by various
interest groups in the country
that the anti-graft agency and
leaders of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, are using the
anti-corruption label to witch
hunt PDP members with the
ultimate aim of humiliating,
decimating and silencing the
Prince Secondus was
detained by the EFCC on
Tuesday, February 23 when
he honoured an invitation
from the agency to clarify
issues related to an ongoing
investigation and was kept
behind bars for eight days
in total breach of the limit
stipulated by Section 35(5a)
of the constitution and in
violation of his guaranteed
personal liberty under the law.
Reports had it that Prince
Secondus was interrogated for
receiving over 23 exotic cars
and buses worth N302 million
that he allegedly collected from
an oil magnate and Chairman
of Atlantic Energy Drilling
Concepts Nigeria Limited,
Mr. Jide Omokore, during the
build-up to the last general
elections. EFCC claimed that
Omokore donated buses to the
PDP, but that they were not
paid for.
detention, the PDP National
Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor
Kwom, alleged that the arrest
and detention of Secondus was
part of “the grand script by the
All Progressives Congress-
led federal government to
decimate the opposition.
“We are also aware that
plans have been perfected
by the federal government to
arrest and detain the Deputy
Senate President, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu; Senate Minority
Leader, Senator Godswill
Akpabio, and other leaders
of the party on imaginary
available to the party shows
that the federal government,
using its various agencies,
is bent on destroying any
opposition to the ruling party
as all indications show that the
government is more interested
in humiliating the PDP thank

ighting corruption. We state
that this war on the PDP and its
leaders has indeed gone too far.
It has now become a mockery of
democratic practice.”
Upon his release, Secondus
said he is being witch hunted
for political reasons and that
his detention was instigated by
a serving APC minister from
Rivers State.
He declared that “They
confronted me with allegations
of receiving some cars from
Omokore who has been my
friend for over 20 years. I
admitted to them that Mr. Jide
Omokore has given me car gifts
on several occasions in the last 10
years for my personal use.
“I want to state categorically
that what I received from my
friend were cars and buses
supplied by a well-known
car company, Skymit Motors,
apparently from a credit facility
that Omokore has with the
company. I don’t have any
knowledge of the so-called
transaction the investigators are
alleging he had with NNPC.
“Against this background,
it is most disheartening that
the facts of the matter under
investigation have been grossly
misrepresented in the media,
apparently under induceme

he APC particularly, a minister
from Rivers State.”
“This is in line with the strategy
of the ruling party to hide under
the anti-corruption fight to
humiliate the leadership of our

have been granted bail
under very stringent conditions
after eight days in detention.
Since the EFCC did not establish
any case against me, I find my
needless detention a clear case
of witch-hunt and pure political
persecution that has become
a stock in trade of the APC
Prince Secondus, who
described his ordeal as “another
glaring case of political
persecution”, stressed that his
“immediate concern is the denial
of the fundamental human rights,
excessive physical incarceration
and the orchestrated negative
media campaign completely
skewed against those being
He further added that it is
curious that the EFCC is effecting
detention and incarceration
of suspects even before it
commences investigation into
the allegation.
The PDP chieftain declared
that from every indication “it is
absolutely very clear” that the
EFCC has no case against him
and wondered when it became
a crime in Nigeria for citizens to
accept gifts from their friends.”
Prince Secondus, who is one
of the pillars of the PDP in
Rivers State and the South-South
region, declared that contrary
to allegations by the EFCC that
he collected 23 exotic cars from
his friend of over 20 years, he
collected only two cars and
buses from Omokore and that
the transaction was legitimate.
“My friend of over 20 years
gave me two cars and buses
as gifts staggered between
2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
and these are verifiable facts
from the waybill and manifest
from Skymit Motors Ltd. The
vehicles were given to me as a
gift as he, Omokore, can attest
“I was also made to
understand before receiving
the gifts that it was from credit
arrangements that Omokore
had with Skymit Motors.
There is no truth in the EFCC
allegations that I collected 23
exotic cars purchased from
proceeds of oil swap. These
facts can be cross checked from
my friend, as he never made
such claim, contrary to some
media reports.”
Secondus allegation that
his detention was politically
motivated as the EFCC did not
find him wanting in any way
has put the anti-graft agency
on the spot as the onus is now
on them to justify why any
citizen should be detained for
over one week without any
evidence to suggest that he
committed any offence.
The EFCC has not given
any indication that Prince
Secondus will face trial for
accepting car gifts from his
friend and this development
has made some political
observers to suggest that the
detention of the PDP chieftain
may not be unconnected to the
forthcoming re-run election in
his home state, Rivers.
While Nigerians are in total
support of the anti-corruption
war of the Muhammadu
Buhari administration, the
EFCC has not been able to
purge itself of allegations that
it is going about the anti-graft
war lopsidedly.
The fact that since the anti-
graft war began it is only those
perceived to be opponents
of the APC that are being
investigated by the EFCC has
put a question mark on its
sincerity to bring all alleged
corrupt persons to book
irrespective of political party
The EFCC has been severally
accused of ignoring volumes

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