Don’t Plunge Nigeria Into Crisis, PDP Warns EFCC


EFCC• Condemns Metuh’s Arrest
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against plunging the nation into political crisis, due to its “one-sided clampdown on opposition figures”.
In a statement signed by its National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon, PDP noted that the arrest of Lawal Jafaru Isa of the ruling party was a decoy to give the impression that the hunt for opponents of the federal government was not targeted at PDP chieftains alone.
Pleading with Nigerians not to be deceived by the arrest of an estranged political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, PDP maintained that the continued incarceration of its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, without charging him to court, shows the dictatorial character of President Buhari.
“The President Buhari-led APC federal government has not hidden its disdain for the rule of law and appetite for gagging the opposition. The continued detention of Metuh is in clear breach of his constitutionally guaranteed liberty and fundamental rights,” the party said.
While alerting Nigerians on efforts by the federal government to introduce a police state in the country, PDP said: “Relying on a purported ‘holding charge’, said to have been derived from a Magistrate to detain Chief Metuh beyond the statutory period allowed by the law, is in total violation of the constitution and extant corresponding rulings by several trial and appellate courts in the country.”
The statement reads in part: “The PDP is particularly worried that Chief Metuh, since his arrest on Tuesday, is being inhumanly kept in an underground cell where he is daily threatened by officials, who we gathered, have been mounting pressure on him to accept guilt over fictitious figures and implicate PDP leaders.
“The public is very much aware that the EFCC Chairman has visited the Presidential villa at least twice, since Chief Metuh was arrested and detained by the commission, ostensibly to get further directives on the case.
“We invite the world to note that President Buhari’s election promise of fighting corruption has now been turned into a manhunt of PDP leaders, while known corrupt APC leaders are being shielded by the system and rewarded with ministerial positions and other government appointments.
“Our nation is now being turned into a police state with its inherent constitutional violations and infringement on rights of citizens, a scenario which poses grave danger to national stability and survival of our democracy.”
The party called on “the EFCC to respect the course of law” and release Metuh immediately or charge him to court, in line with the provisions of the nation’s laws, if it strongly feels it has a case against him.

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