PDP Leadership Visits Fani-Kayode, Obanikoro, Abati, And Bala Mohammed In EFCC Detention

PDP Leadership Visits Fani-Kayode, Obanikoro, Abati, And Bala Mohammed In EFCC Detention

By Opinions | The Trent on November 2, 2016
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PDP Nyesom Wike Rivers Makarfi
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State (2nd right) at the inauguration of the National Executive Committee of the People's Democratic Party. Beside him, is newly appointed national caretaker of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi

A delegation of the PDP National Caretaker Committee and other top leaders of the party led by the chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, visited Femi Fani-Kayode, Bala Mohammed, Musiliu Obanikoro, and Reuben Abati who are being detained at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja.

Multiple sources confirmed to The Trent, that the visit which took place at about 2.30pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

The high-powered delegation was made up off included the national secretary, Ben Obi, the national publicity secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the national organising secretary, Abdul Ningi, a former special adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Akin Osuntokun, Robert Azibaola a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Ughesi and Hajiya Binta Kuraye.

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A source within the EFCC informed our reporter that the delegation encouraged all four of the high profile political detainees that they visited to express their solidarity with them in their travails.

The PDP chieftains also said that they were happy to see that despite their challenges and unwarranted detention, they were still strong and in high spirits while urging them to keep the flag flying.

They assured all of them that the whole PDP family is solidly behind them and urged them to keep their heads held up high and remain strong.

“Fani-Kayode, Abati, Obanikoro, and Bala Mohammed expressed their gratitude to the delegation for the visit and the leadership they have demonstrated by coming to see them,” the source, who declined being named because he didn’t have authority to speak on the matter, said.

The visit of the party leaders follows that of the prominent Roman Catholic Bishop, Matthew Kukah who visited the detainees on Monday, October 31, 2016.

All the three detainees are being held in contravention of the Nigerian constitution that stipulates that detainees should be charged to court or released from detention within 48 hours. Neither Abati or Obanikoro have been charged to court since their arrest a week ago and three weeks ago, respectively.

Fani-Kayode, a vibrant critic of the Muhammadu Buhari government, was re-arrested two weeks ago when he appeared in court over a matter filed by the EFCC. A day after he was arrested, he slumped in custody leading to fears for his safety.

No new charges have been filed against him and his detention has been labelled a political witch-hunt by the opposition party and political activists.

Meanwhile, the EFCC continues to sponsor stories in APC leaning news platforms supplying innuendo intended to cast the detainees as corrupt without providing actual evidence of the allegations.

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