Lagos – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the continued detention of its Public Secretary, Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since Tuesday without charging him, Punch reports.
The PDP said Metuh’s continued stay in the cells was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration were dictatorial.
The former president Goodluck Jonatha’s party accused the Buhari’s All Progressives Congress of turning the country into a police state. It said that the federal government had “disdain for rule of law and an appetite to gag the opposition”.
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In a statement signed by the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon on Saturday in Abuja, the PDP called on the EFCC to immediately release Metuh, according to a NAN report.
The statement alleged that since Metuh had been kept in cells where he was daily threatened by officials of the agency.
The party asked the EFCC to respect the law and immediately release Metuh or charge him to court in line with the provisions of the laws if it has a case against him.
According to the statement, the EFCC officials had since been mounting pressure on him to accept guilt of fictitious figures and implicate PDP leaders.
“The PDP strongly cautions against the avoidable tension and looming political crisis over the continuous clamp-down on our leaders and particularly, the continued incarceration of our spokesperson.
“Our teeming members across the country have so far exercised reasonable restrain, but we caution that there is a limit to what they can stomach in the face of this brazen persecution of our spokesman,’’ the statement said.