Hundreds of youths and human rights activists yesterday stormed United States embassy in Abuja protesting the continued detention of the Special Assistant to the Senate president on Youth matters, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere by the Department of State Service, DSS, despite a resolution of the House of Representatives asking the agency to release him.
The youths under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, threatened yesterday to shut down government activities within 48 hours from now, if their president is not released before Thursday.
The protesting youths also visited the Chinese embassy in Abuja, the National Human right Commission to register their grievances. They submitted their protest letters to these places without them responding, only the Commission through an official said they will investigate the matter.
The group urged the US government to intervene in the continued detention of the youth president despite a resolution last week by the House of Representatives asking the DSS to release the NYCN president or charge him to court if there is any strong ground to do so.
Spokesman of the group and counsel to Mr. Ugochinyere, Mr. Ohazurike Tochukwu told newsmen yesterday that the group would shut down government by Thursday this week, if the council president is not released. He said that the DSS have refused the president’s family access to see him in detention.
According to him, Mr. Ugochinyere is being detained by the DSS for backing the embattled senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki in his present trial at the CCT.
The group spokesman alleged pressure on the youth president to disassociate himself from the senate president .
The youth president he said, was also asked to dump his headship of the NYCN as allegedly directed by the Minister of sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong.
Mr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere was illegally arrested and detained by the DSS for initiating contempt proceedings against Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and for demanding for fair trial for Senate President Bukola. The youths who stormed the US embassy at the central area of Abuja at about 11 am said, the continued detention of their president since Monday last week was violation of his fundamental human right. According to him, it was strange for the DSS to have failed since 8 days now, to make public his offence despite a resolution of the House of Representatives.
One of the protester’s said that “Citizens of Nigeria must be allowed to hold opinion in line with the laws of the land.”
“One of the things President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to fight on assumption of office was impunity in all aspects of our nation’s life, you can see the controversies arising from the continued detention of former National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu after they got court rulings ordering their release.”


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