Former Governor of Rivers State and chief financier of President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential campaign, Rotimi Amaechi has been accused by the family of Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Gesila Khan of masterminding her unlawful arrest by Nigeria’s Secret Police, the Department of State Services, DSS.
The family of Khan made the allegation in a statement in Yenagoa signed by the family spokesperson, Okubama Johnbull.
According to the family’s statement released on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, it was after Amaechi visited the new Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, that Khan’s arrest was made.
“We, as a responsible family, know where this onslaught is coming from.
“We have it on good authority that it was the visit of the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, to the DSS Director, that prompted the invitation of Mrs. Khan.”
While decrying the arrest, detention, harassment and intimidation of the REC over her role in the last elections in Rivers, the Khans alleged that the REC was being forced “to write an undertaking to turn the results of the Rivers State general elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress, the ruling party at the national level.”
The family wondered why the DSS would single her out for victimisation and intimidation when matters concerning the last general elections were being handled by election petition tribunals.
It went on to express concern that Khan “who is diagnosed of hypertension and diabetics,” had been denied her medication while in detention for 8 days without any charges being brought against her, a development it claimed, was affecting her health.
The family urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene and caution the DSS to allow due process and the rule of law to prevail in Khan’s travail.
It equally pleaded with human rights organisations and public-spirited individuals to come to her aide, insisting that Khan’s arrest and detention were unlawful.
President Buhari appointed Lawal Daura, his kinsman from his hometown in Katsina on July 2, as head of the DSS after firing Ita Ekpeyong. Daura was recalled from retirement as he had retired from the service of the DSS when he reached the mandatory age of 60 according to the Civil Service rules of Nigeria.