The Legal Defence Centre recently inaugurated by Governor Udom Emmanuel Campaign Organisation, Divine Mandate, in Akwa Ibom State has dragged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the state commissioner of police and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to court over an alleged plot by the opposition to arrest and detain the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke and other prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a suit no: HU/FHR18/30, filed on January 31, 2019, the centre identified others marked for arrest and detention till the elections are over as the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Paul Ekpo, and 20 others, including some lawmakers and prominent members of the PDP.
Hon. Luke, who has been very vocal at PDP campaign grounds, recently alerted members of the public about alleged threat to his life by his former boss, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The chairman of the center, Andem Ndem, who disclosed the plot to arrest Luke and others in Uyo, said that the cells of the State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia were at the moment filled with PDP members picked for minor offences such as publicly speaking against the APC in beer parlours.
Justifying the centre’s reason suit, Andem said that there is a standing order in police divisions across the state to direct any PDP member picked in connection with the forthcoming elections to be sent to the police headquarters where such would be detained without a case file or trial till the elections are over.
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