97 APC LEADERS DETAINED – MOHAMMED
August 9, 2014 – Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was arrested on Friday night by security agents along with media aide to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mr. Sunday Dare and Deputy Chief of staff to Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Mr. Afolabi Salisu have been released.
In a press release, Lai Mohammed alleged he was arrested in a Gestapo Style by hooded security agents on Friday night in Osogbo and that his arrest shows the level of illegality, lawlessness and intolerance to which Nigeria has descended.
”We were being driven to the Government House when we were stopped at a military check point by men in military and DSS uniforms, all hooded and armed to the teeth with AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and other weapons. Since there was no curfew in Osun state and people were moving around freely, we felt it was a routine check.
”Suddenly, the men, some of them apparently drunk, ordered us out of the car, took our phones, pointed their assault rifles at our heads and said ‘you are under arrest’. They herded us into their bus like animals and drove away. There is no doubt that they knew who we are because I introduced myself!”, he said.
Muhammed alleged that their tormentors were not just soldiers and DSS officials but were also ex-militants and thugs, all clad in military and DSS uniforms but apparently lacking in any training.
“We also witnessed how men in military and DSS uniform fired their guns at the gate leading to the residence of Senator Isiaka Adeleke to force it open. We asked them why we were being arrested, but they ignored our question as they drove for close to one hour before veering into a compound that turned out to be the offices of the DSS. There, we met people who had been previously arrested and stripped of their clothing, many of them bloodied from the beatings to which they must have been subjected”, he said.
”We were herded to one side as our tormentors marched around triumphantly, in what could well have been a scene from the Ukraine! We were waiting for our turn to be stripped of our apparels and taken along with those who were arrested earlier to the DSS cells when a man who is apparently a senior DSS official intervened and ordered our release. The men who arrested us, apparently unhappy at the order to set us free, rejected the order, until the man asserted his authority and even accompanied us to where we were arrested from.
”Back there, we discovered that our driver has been badly beaten and even robbed of his personal belongings by the same security agents being paid by the taxpayers to protect the citizens, whose ranks have now been swelled, willingly, by thugs and ex-militants”, he said.
He said the arrest of chieftains of APC shows that Nigerian citizens can no longer be sure that the security agents they encounter on the roads or anywhere else are well-trained and highly-disciplined men and women in the military, police, DSS adding that what is obtained now are Jonathan’s soldiers, policemen and DSS officials who have since stopped working for the nation but are now the enforcement arm of the PDP.
”As we write this, APC leaders and members are still being harassed and arrested across Osun State. We have just received reports that our members were arrested in Ifelodun Local Government Ward 10,.Atakumosa East Local Government and Ife East Local Government, Okerewe Wards 2 and 3. Over all we have ninety-seven(97) leaders of our party in detention and the arrest has not stopped. This cannot be right.