Detention Of RSG Officials: Soldiers Free Emohua Chairman …PDP Demands Release Of Other Chieftains
Emohua Local Government chairman, High Chief Tom Aliezi has been set free by the Army four days after he was unlawfully detained in Bori Camp Port Harcourt without any charges.
The council chairman who was arrested during the Saturday 9th March governorship election where he was representing his party the PDP as its governorship election agent at Emohua local government collation center inside the council secretariat was released on Tuesday.
According to the senior special assistant to the Emohua local government chairman on Information and Communication, Bright Jossy, the chairman stated that his arrest was like an abduction as there was no arrest warrant or charges against him adding that he thanked God for saving his life after four days in the hands of the Nigerian army.
Aliezi said that his unlawful arrest was a sacrifice for democracy and victory over anti democratic forces who wanted to subvert the will of the people with the use of federal government apparatus.
He frowned at the deliberate neglect of his office as chief security officer of Emohua local government area by security agencies during the elections , and thanked supporters, friends and associates for the love shown him while in the custody of the army.
The chairman expressed gratitude to the governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , for standing up for him and the people of Emohua local government area through the trying times, and reiterated his commitment to the success of the new rivers administration of governor Wike
The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State had demanded the immediate release of its members who are being detained by the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The state chairman, Felix Obuah, who made the call in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said the detained PDP members, some with their families, had spent close to one week in detention.
He said apart from those being detained, some others were still in critical condition as a result of injuries they sustained from gunshots and physical torture by the soldiers and police. Such members, he said, were still being hospitalised.
He said, “Notable among those still languishing in the Army and police detentions are Prof Israel Owate, Dr Fred Ateng, Deinma Iyalla, all Special Advisers to Governor Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Co-ordinator of Arise Nigeria, Benjamin Diri, other defenceless men and women.”
Describing the arrest as arbitrary and a reckless display of power, the state PDP said such action was an attempt to cause crisis in the state.
“The state PDP is calling on well-meaning Nigerians, traditional rulers, religious leaders, human rights groups and the National Peace Committee as well as the international community to rise in defence of the innocent Rivers people and residents from the men of the Nigerian Army and FSARS,” it added.