Free All Political Detainees
Before the elections, we had notified the whole world of plans to harass, arrest and incarcerate high ranking members of the People’s Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom state, on the instigation of the All Progressives Congress.
As we had predicted, hundreds of our people were arrested and detained and till date are yet to be released. These arrests were made without lawful justification and for the most flimsy reasons, like wearing a PDP cap. Most of the detainees have been denied access to their family and friends.
With the first leg of elections over, it is pertinent to demand:
1. That all security agencies should immediately and unconditionally release all those who were arrested for political reasons.
2. Where there is any strand of evidence of wrongdoing against them, they should be prosecuted.
3. That all security agencies should act lawfully and within the bounds of the law.
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
People’s Democratic Party