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Amaechi Behind Rivers REC Arrest, Says Khan’s Family

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

The family of the embattled Rivers State Resident  Electoral Commissioner (REC), Gesila Khan, has accused the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, of being the mastermind of her arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Khan’s family, from Peretoru in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, made the accusation in a statement on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Yenagoa signed by its spokesperson, Okubama Johnbull.

It alleged that information at its disposal showed that it was after Amaechi visited the director-general of the DSS that Khan was apprehended.

“We, as a responsible family, know where this onslaught is coming from.

“We have it in good authority that it was the visit of the former embattled governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, to the DSS Director that prompted the invitation of Mrs. Khan”, the family said.

The Khan’s family decried what it described as the arrest, detention, harassment and intimidation of the REC over her role in the last elections in Rivers.

It also  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 (APC), the ruling party at the national level”.


The family wondered why the DSS would single her out for victimization and intimidation when matters concerning the last general elections were being handled by election petition tribunals.

It further raised the alarm that Khan, “who is diagnosed of hypertension and diabetic”, had been denied her medication in detention which was affecting her health.

The family appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and call the DSS to order to allow due process and the rule of law to prevail in Khan’s travail.

It also called on human rights organisations and public-spirited individuals to come to her aide, insisting that her arrest and detention were unlawful.