Abuja - Tony Anenih, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Board of Trustees has said that the military administration of President Muhammadu Buhari jailed him for 18 months between March 1984 and August 1985 just because he was a rich man.
Punch reports that Anenih revealed this in his biography titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ which was launched in Abuja on Saturday, November 26.
Anenih said when Buhari came into power through a military coup in December 1983, he arrested politicians without cause and he was one of those picked up because he was the chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria in old Bendel state.
Anenih said: “The military regime of General Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon threw me into detention for 18 months on the basis of an anonymous petition that as a prominent and wealthy politician and leader of the NPN in Bendel State, the military administrator would not find his footing unless I was removed from the scene.
“I was sent to Kirikiri Prisons where I spent three months before I was transferred to Ikoyi Prisons.”
The retired police officer maintained that he did nothing wrong to warrant such treatment according to Naij.
“I must emphasise it again and again that I did nothing wrong to anyone, the government or the state to merit a detention. My crime was that I was a wealthy, influential and highly respected politician.”
He continued: “We were transferred to Ikoyi Prisons because of the riot that took place while we were there.
The condemned prisoners whose death warrants had earlier been signed by Alhaji Lateef Jakande when he was governor of Lagos State, broke loose on sighting him as one of the detainees.
- News 24