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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

PDP Cries Out Over Olisa Metuh's Arrest, "Its All A Witch Hunt"

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has demanded the immediate release of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who was Tuesday morning arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The party said the arrest of its spokesperson was no surprise as the governing APC has “obviously not (been) comfortable with our stance on the confused state of the nation under their watch”.

The party, in a statement by its national secretary, Wale Oladipo, said the arrest of Mr. Metuh underscores the growing political intolerance in the country and the foisting of a police state which was last Wednesday underscored by the President and Commander-in-Chief himself, who ‘defended why a government in a democracy should flout constitutional provision and brazenly disobey court orders’.

PDP said it has “intelligence” that the arrest of its spokesperson, “is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP wings are finally clipped in their mission to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.

“The excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution.

“Nigerians and the international community will recall that on a number of occasions, the PDP, through its spokesman has been outspoken on some undemocratic proclivities being exhibited by the APC-led Federal Government in the last seven months.

“The PDP insists that for whatever reason Chief Metuh was arrested, his rights as a citizen under the law must not be trampled upon. We therefore demand (for) his immediate release and that due process of investigation and prosecution concerning him should be strictly adhered to.

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