The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday condemned the arrest of its Former National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh by the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
The party in a statement through its Deputy National Secretary, Chief Jerry Obasi said the arrest was politically motivated by his opponents in the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election in a bid to arrest his impending victory at the polls.
Umeh was arrested yesterday in his Aguluzigbo country home in Anambra State and later whisked away to Abuja for questioning on his alleged sponsorship of the pro-biafra group, Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
But APGA, while describing the arrest as obnoxious and despicable, expressed regret that the DSS has become a willing tool in the hands of political desperadoes to be deployed to intimidate their political opponents.
The statement reads: “the arrest of our former National Chairman and candidate for the Anambra Central Senatorial election, Chief Sir Victor Umeh by the DSS: A political harassment and intimidation.”
“We condemn in strongest terms the unlawful harassment and intimidation of Chief Sir Victor Umeh, our former National Chairman who was whisked away from his house at the earliest hour of yesterday in what seemed like a commando and gang arrangements by the DSS.
“It is quite unfortunate that Nigerians, especially political stalwarts of other political parties are now branded names using government agencies like the DSS to intimidate opponents with a view to either stopping them from running elections or to clamp down on their chances politically especially those whose chances of winning elections are obvious just as in the circumstances which Chief Umeh was arrested”.
“It is quite absurd and alarming that the DSS deliberately whisked Chief Umeh away in a rickety van thereby bringing his personality to odium”.
“The most disappointing of them all is the obvious fact that these black movies are being acted under the watchful eye of President Muhamadu Buhari. It is sad that security agencies under the present administration are willing tools in the hands of the highest bidder rather than concentrating on their constitutional duty of maintaining law and order.
“Democracy should be civilized and not militarized unless in the circumstances where we are heading towards a police state and anarchy”.