Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) President, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has kicked against police arraigning Senator Dino Melaye on a hospital stretcher, saying, it represents a gross violation of human rights by the federal government.
OPC called for the immediate release of the Senator.
The Yoruba socio-cultural group drew the attention of the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris to what it calls the government’s sordid human rights records and called on him to desist from worsening it.
“Senator Dino Melaye must not die!” Fasehun warned. “Whoever is maltreating him can only hide under the cover of this regime, but that person will surely account for this gross misdeed not only to Nigerians but the international community.”
In a press statement issued in Lagos at the weekend, Fasehun said, it was clear that the police were mishandling and maltreating the Senator as part of an ongoing script designed to silence the opposition.
“They just want to cow everyone into silence. This is one more attempt to stifle the patriotic voices that have tried to hold the PMB regime accountable in the National Assembly, in the Judiciary, in the social and traditional media, in civil society and in opposition political parties,” OPC said.
“It is a throwback to the era of Decree 4 of 1984, when as maximum dictator, General Muhammadu Buhari made it dangerous to exercise your Freedom of Speech.
“Dino has been a critical voice and his current travails are reflective of the violent treatment that the Buhari regime reserves for perceived opponents,” Fasehun said, adding,
“His maltreatment is a contemptuous and condemnable attempt to intimidate and cow the Legislature as was done to the Judiciary.”
The Senator reportedly suffered back injuries as he tried to escape tear-gas fumes in a police vehicle transporting him to Lokoja, following which he was admitted in an Abuja hospital, from where police brought him to court on a stretcher in the Federal Capital and subsequently to Lokoja, Kogi State.
Berating the regime’s human rights violations, Fasehun cited the continuing detention of Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser, despite court rulings for his freedom, and the case of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, whose Shiite members have been killed by police during peaceful demonstrations.