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Opposition alleges Bayelsa State persecution

20 May 2014, 10:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised alarm over the arrest and alleged persistent harassment of its members in Bayelsa State.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the plan being allegedly pursued by the Presidency was aimed at ensuring that the opposition, especially the APC, did not gain a foothold in the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“For those who may say this plan is far-fetched, Mr. Samuel Ogbuku, the former Chief of Staff to Ex-Bayelsa Gov. Timipre Sylva, who is a key APC leader in the state, has been arrested in connection with a murder that took place in 2010. Curiously, Mr. Ogbuku, who has been resident in the state and who has no immunity from arrest, is just now being picked up by the police over a murder that took place over three years ago,” Mohammed stated.

“Realizing that the suspect whom the police claimed mentioned Mr. Ogbuku's name in connection with the murder has recanted, hence the murder charge can no longer be sustained the police quickly dragged him to court on a charge related to cultism. The plan by the police, who arrested Mr. Ogbuku in commando style while returning from a funeral, had been to take him into custody along with Mr Sylva and one Israel Sunny-Goli, but the other two did not attend the funeral.”

The opposition party said the police force in particular must not allow itself to be used to stifle democracy and deny Bayelsa citizens their constitutional rights to associate freely.

“Any further harassment, intimidation and threat to the lives of our members in Bayelsa will not be tolerated,” stated Mohammed.

– CAJ News

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