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PDP sticks to its demands on detained Metuh

13 January 2016, 12:03Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has maintained demands its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, be immediately released or charged in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission detained him recently for alleged corruption.

A statement attributed to EFCC on Tuesday suggested Metuh would be relased if he paid back the money he is alleged to have received in the so-called Dasukigate scandal.

Such funds, meant for procurement of weapons for the military, were said to have been corruptly paid out to some individuals and companies by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuku.

Victor Kwon, National Legal Adviser of the opposition party, said the official position of the party remained that the  spokesman should be released or charged to court as he remained "innocent until proven otherwise" by a court of competent jurisdiction.

This, he said, was in in line with the provisions of the constitution and the laws of Nigeria.

Also Read: PDP lawmakers give 48 hours ultimatum for Metuh's release

“The PDP is therefore resolute in challenging the continued detention of our spokesman for a week now," Kwon said.

He said this was beyond the limits provided by the laws in violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen.

"We are solidly behind our spokesman in the demand for the enforcement of his rights and liberty. Our demand that he is immediately released or charge to court has not changed,” Kwon said.

The party also explained it was not in any way against fighting corruption provided it is done within the confines of rule of law and respect for the fundamental human rights of citizens.

“We also wish to reiterate our stand that President Buhari-led Federal Government has turned the anti- corruption fight as a witch-hunt on PDP leaders."

Kwon said the actions were with a view to decimating the party and installing a one-party state in the country,” Kwon added.

- CAJ News


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