Former Vice-President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP in the 2019 election has called for the immediate release of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Barrister Ikenga Ugochinyere who was detained by the police on Thursday,
Ugochinyere had accused the house of representatives of bribery over the infectious disease bill, and in a resolution, the lawmakers directed that he be arrested.
According to Atiku, “This action is tyrannical and inimical to a constitutional order. We demand for his immediate and unconditional release. The arrest of Ugochinyere, despite a substituting court order, makes mockery of rule of law, a necessary ingredient of a democracy. It is unacceptable to us and many Nigerians who value democracy and human rights.
He said such action of the government at this time when our country is going through much stress and uncertainty, with citizen protests in some parts of the country, is not in anyone’s interest.
“Nigeria, despite all its shortcomings, remains and still looks forward to being referred to as a democracy. A democracy respects human rights and the rule of law rather than impunity and brigandage,” he said in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Paul Ibe.