The arrest and detention of Ugochinyere Ikenga, one of the aides of Senate President, Bukola Saraki by the Department of State Services, DSS has been generating reactions.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Ikenga, also a youth activist who was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS.
CNPP in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, said â€œit is disturbing that the DSS has made its Gestapo style operation a routine modus operandi since the arrest of judicial officers, even when it is unnecessary.
â€œThe DSS should be reminded that Nigeria is still under a civil rule and in a democracy, and not a military junta, where citizens are intimidated and harassed at will by agents of government.
â€œFrom available information, at no time did the young, and enterprising youth activist, decline any invitation by the service to warrant his arrest at the wee hours of the night.â€ This was the style of President Muhammadu Buhari government in the 80s as a military Head of State.
â€œWe therefore wonder if this is an extension of that military regime where citizens are whisked away at will.
â€œWhile we call on the international community and lovers of democracy to take note of the anti-democratic tendencies of this administration, we demand for the immediate and unconditional release of Ikenga, who is being arrested for the second time this year.
â€œHe was arrested in May this year and detained by DSS for one month and later released without any charge till date. This act is condemnable, an act of intimidation and we condemn it in its entiretyâ€, the CNPP stated.