The Department of State Security has reportedly arrested the lawmaker representing Abia-South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Abaribe’s Special Adviser, Nwokoma Okorie, who confirmed this, said the Senator was picked up yesterday morning at his barber’s shop in Apo area of Abuja.
Though the reason for his arrest could not be ascertained yet, it would be recalled that the embattled senator had been under the radar of security agencies since he stood surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has not been seen since the Nigerian Army invaded his family home at Umuahia, Abia State, last year.
The DSS could not be reached for reaction, as there is no known spokesperson.
Recall that Abaribe, who alongside two others, stood surety for Kanu as part of the IPOB leader’s bail conditions, is due to appear on June 26 before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja to explain the whereabouts of Kanu.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed fears over the safety of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who was arrested by the Directorate of Security Services (DSS).
The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, lamented that the Gestapo-style arrest of Abaribe has further confirmed the earlier alarm that the APC-led Federal Government has commenced a total clampdown on the opposition and perceived opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.
“The clampdown on Senator Abaribe is feared to be in furtherance of the moves to intimidate and emasculate members of the National Assembly who are known for their outspokenness against the constitutional violations and misrule of the APC administration.
“The PDP notes that the Federal Government has given no reasons for the arrest and detention of Senator Abaribe, who has been kept incommunicado without access to his lawyers and associates.
“The party also notes the apprehension of Nigerians following numerous alleged plots by the Federal Government to frame up other lawmakers, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, as well as Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani.
“Nigerians can now see that our dear nation is fast descending into a fascist state where constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech no longer obtains and citizens are marked, arrested and detained on the whims and caprices of those in power.
“The PDP charges the DSS to immediately declare Senator Abaribe’s whereabouts, as well as the charge against him. Moreover, the laws of our nation are clear on the process of arrest and prosecution of any citizen and not recourse to clampdown and intimidation.”
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