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2019: Group demands unconditional release of detained Abia N-Power coordinator



By Ihechinyere Chigemeri-Uwom
Umuahia, Feb. 20, 2019 Coordinators of the Federal Government’s N-Power programme in the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Abia have decried the continued detention of  the state N-Power Coordinator, Mr Felix Obisike, allegedly by the Department of State Service (DSS) in the state.

Obisike was reportedly arrested and detained by DSS on Feb. 15 for allegedly being in unlawful possession of written result sheets said to belong to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Umuahia on Wednesday, the LGA coordinators called for his unconditional release, describing his incarceration as unlawful.

They urged DSS to immediately release him or charge him to court without further delay.

They thretened to embark on a state-wide protest, if the suspect was not released after the next 48 hours.
They alleged that Obisike was a victim  of vendatta, which was aimed at blackmailing him and other beneficiaries of N-Power in Abia “in order to score a cheap political point.”
“We challenge anyone, including INEC, who can come forward and confirm that the typed document is a result sheet detached from INEC form.”
The coordinators argued that election result sheets were usually handwritten in the presence of other election stakeholders and not typed.
They also called for a thorough investigation to expose the identities of those that allegedly produced the video recording that was used to blackmail Obisike.
They demanded that such persons be arrested and prosecuted for alleged misrepresentation of facts and misleading the public by spreading falsehood.
They appealed to Abia government to take urgent steps to secure the immediate release of the suspect, in line with its constitutional obligations to protect the people of Abia.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the communique was signed by Mr Johnson Otuonye, the state N-Power spokesman, Mr Chigozie Anaba (Isiala Ngwa North LGA N-Power) and Miss Nkeiru Okechukwu (Bende LGA N-Power).
(Edited by Angela Okisor/Sam Oditah)

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