Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the arrest of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe earlier today by the Department of State Security (DSS).
In a statement signed by the President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Ohanaeze said the circumstances prevailing at the time of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu were beyond the contemplation of the law that a surety could guarantee the production of an accused person.
Abaribe had stood surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Ohanaeze recalled that the army in the name of “Operation Python Dance” invaded Nnamdi’s home and destabilized normalcy there.
The group said, “It is only the security agency that can disclose Nnamdi’s whereabout. Senator Abaribe has no capacity, nor has any surety in the circumstances to know the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu.
“What happened in Umahia was an invasion, a war of a kind. Nnamdi may have been killed or captured in the imbroglio or even escaped into hiding.
“The onus lies on the security forces to disclose his whereabout.
“The judiciary is beginning to tow the line of the executive by throwing the law overboard in matters that affect the South East.
“We are all equal before the law. Senator Abaribe must be released forthwith.”
PDP Expresses Fear Over Senator Abaribe’s Safety
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed fears over the safety of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia), who was arrested by the Directorate of Security Services (DSS).
The party lamented that the Gestapo-style arrest of Abaribe has further confirmed the earlier alarm that the APC-led Federal Government has commenced a total clampdown on the opposition and perceived opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.
The clampdown on Senator Abaribe is feared to be in furtherance of the moves to intimidate and emasculate members of the National Assembly who are known for their outspokenness against the constitutional violations and misrule of the APC administration.
The PDP notes that the Federal Government has given no reasons for the arrest and detention of Senator Abaribe, who has been kept incommunicado without access to his lawyers and associates.
The party also notes the apprehension of Nigerians following numerous alleged plots by the Federal Government to frame up other lawmakers, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, as well as Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani.
“Nigerians can now see that our dear nation is fast descending into a fascist state where constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech no longer obtains and citizens are marked, arrested and detained on the whims and caprices of those in power,” the PDP said.
The party charges the DSS to immediately declare Senator Abaribe’s whereabouts, as well as the charge against him. Moreover, the laws of our nation are clear on the process of arrest and prosecution of any citizen and not recourse to clampdown and intimidation.