Former military president and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, General Ibrahim Babangida, has urged the security agencies to resist the urge of being used as “tools to settle political differences especially when it is intra-party politics.”
A statement last night from the IBB Campaign Organisation over the arrest and detention of its director-general Chief Raymond Alegho Dokpesi by the State Security Service (SSS) strongly condemned the arrest and the denial of access to the detainee.
“Between 11am and 5pm this Monday, 4th October, 2010, all telephone calls placed to him were unanswered. The Campaign Organisation dispatched a high-powered delegation comprising four directors of the Campaign Organisation and his personal Lawyer to enquire as to his whereabouts. The delegation was denied access to High Chief Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and had to return to the Campaign office at about 6.50pm. No reason has been given whatsoever by the State Security Services for his invitation, and detention, neither is his whereabouts known.
“As at the time of writing this statement (7.50pm), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has been denied access to his family, personal physician, lawyers, and the Campaign Organisation. As we write, his family is worried, and deeply concerned for his safety, health and his wellbeing.
In addition, his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are being violated. High Chief Raymond Dokpesi is a well-respected and patriotic Nigerian who has continued to contribute selflessly to the growth, development and stability of the Nigerian nation.
“We wish to draw the attention of local and international communities to the growing politics of intolerance, intimidation, coercion, persecution and harassment in spite of the avowed commitment to the rule of law by the present administration.”