DSS Arrest ex-Kaduna State PDP Chairman As Party Demand His Release

Ologbondiyan, Party Spokesperson


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State on Monday said operatives of Directorate of State Services (DSS) have arrested the party’s former chairman, Alhaji Yaro Makama.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Abraham Catoh, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

The arrest of the former chairman is coming about 72 hours after the Spokesperson of the party’s state campaign council, Ben Bako was arrested over alleged inciting and hate speech during a campaign rally.

Catoh alleged that Makama was invited to the State Police Command, from where he was whisked away to an unknown destination by the DSS operatives.

The party’s spokesman said there were no details as to why he was arrested, but added that, Makama was invited by the security agents for questioning about two weeks ago but was released.

He said there was no information yet about Makama’s whereabouts, adding “they have taken him away a couple of hours ago to an undisclosed location.”

The PDP had on Sunday in Kaduna, alleged at a news conference that 150 of its top members were pencilled for arrest by the ruling APC in the state, a claim dismissed by the APC.

Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, had denied the PDP allegation, saying the security agents did not need the State Government to teach them their statutory responsibility.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate release of Mr Ben Bako, its Director of Media Committee for Kaduna State Governorship Campaign Organisation, from DSS detention.

The party made the call at a news conference addressed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said that the party was concerned over the alleged arrest and detention of Bako by the Department of State Services (DSS) since last weekend, describing it as unwarranted.

He said that the party was aware that Bako’s arrest was a prelude to the alleged planned clampdown of PDP campaign officials to instil fear in the people.

“We want the Buhari-led Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to note that their plot, as well as the continued detention of Bako, is setting the stage for a vehement resistance by the people, which is capable of triggering crisis and disrupting the fragile peace in Kaduna State.

“The PDP, therefore, demand the immediate and unconditional release of Bako by the DSS without hurt or further harassment.

“The PDP will hold the APC and the Presidency directly responsible should any harm, whatsoever, befall any of our leaders or members, particularly in Kaduna State ahead of the elections.

“Kaduna State is a PDP stronghold and our party is not ready to stomach any further harassment of our leaders, officials and members, before, during and after the general elections.”

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had also been informed of plots to track and detain the party’s critical stakeholders in other parts of the country, so as to put them out of circulation before and during the general elections.

He said the party completely rejected the ongoing clampdown, unlawful arrest and detention of its officials and members in various parts of the country by the APC-led government ahead of the general elections.

“This is highly provocative and a direct invitation to anarchy and a political crisis that is capable of derailing our democratic order.”

Ologbondiyan, who is also the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, urged the National Peace Committee to note and speak out against the total negation of the spirit and letters of the peace accord.

“Nigeria belongs to all of us and we will not hesitate to call out our members, in their millions, should this aggression by the APC and the Presidency against our party is not curbed,” he said.