by Ibrahim Momohjimoh

The People Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Vanguard, Ajaokuta Local Government branch, has decried the on-going indiscriminate arrest of innocent and law-abiding members of the party in the area and called on the Inspector General of Police Mr. Suleiman Abba and the state Commissioner of Police to halt the trend.

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Lokoja, the president of the youth organization, Comrade Irikiti James Irikiti, lamented the indiscriminate arrest of some members of the PDP in Ajaokuta on the strength of a petition written by a member of the House of Representatives from the area Hon. Mohammed Sadiq over the alleged kidnap of his mother.

He said three members of his body namely: James John, Mohammed Gabriel and Ibrahim Isah, were arrested in their various wards, saying instead of the police to involve themselves in intelligence gathering and thorough investigation they (police) embarked on indiscriminate arrest, which he noted was a gross violation of the fundamental right of the people.

Irikiti, who pointed out that the law-maker contested the House of Representatives primary in November last year and his mother was never kidnapped, asked why anyone would think of kidnapping his mother now that he is not in any contest with any member of the party.

He added that: ?This is not the first time people have been kidnapped in Kogi State. In all the cases, the police and other law enforcement agents were allowed to do their job professionally without any political colouration and the victims were freed.

“The law-maker whose mother was said to have been kidnapped has not visited home since then but stayed in Abuja to be compiling names of people to be arrested. One is constrained to think that some people may be playing pranks with the issue”

The organisation appealed to the IGP to direct the release of those arrested unconditionally, urging the police to insulate their men from politics by ensuring that no politicians used them adversely against innocent citizens.

Reacting to the allegation, the Police Public Relation Office (PPRO), ASP Elvis Aguebor, denied any arrest, saying the Commissioner of Police can never support any act of injustice.

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