…offers free legal support to detained student
By our correspondent
Amidst wide condemnation of the arrest and detention of a student who criticized the first lady, Aisha Bihari, the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, has asked for his unconditional release by the DSS and the Police.
In a statement in Abuja, CUPP also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the arrest of the security operatives who abducted and tortured the student of Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed for criticising the First Lady in a post on his Twitter account.
He also called on the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force to release the student without further delay.
Speaking further, Ikenga argued that the First Lady does not have the right to order the arrest and torture of her critics.
While regretting that the detention has made the detainee to miss his examination, Ugochinyere described the development as “cruel and evil.”
He also announced the decision of the CUPP to offer the detainee free legal services.
“Opposition political parties are using this medium to call on President Buhari to order the arrest of all officers involved in the arrest and torture of the boy who criticised Aisha.
“We want the DSS and the police to immediately release the boy because the First Lady does not have the right to arrest her critic.
“It is regrettable that Aisha is using the cruel and outdated Abacha method on critics with the kidnap of the boy. She is now using Aso Rock with her security to torture opponents.
“Beside adopting Abacha method, Aisha is also behaving like late Robert Mugabe’s wife with alleged abduction of critics into Aso Rock.
“The government and security agencies must release the boy from illegal detention so that he can join his colleagues to continue his examination.
“The CUPP is offering free legal support to the detained student to enforce his fundamental human rights to freedom of expression and freedom of movement and fight his illegal detention.
“The First Lady and other leaders should stop their reckless and naked display of power and always follow the Constitution in seeking redress if they feel they are wronged”, the statement read.