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Family, ASRADI Demand Obuah’s Release By SSS

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 2:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

As reactions trail the continued detention of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obua, his family has raised the alarm over his state of health.

Obua has been in custody of the State Security Service (SSS) since last Thursday.

In a statement issued by a lawyer Andrew Itsekiri, who claimed to be solicitor to Obua, the family accused the SSS of illegally detaining Obua.

The family demanded his immediate and unconditional release. They also asked the SSS to charge him to court if he had done any wrong.

The statement read: ”We can tell the public categorically that as we write he has not been confronted with any allegation, neither was he given an opportunity to respond to any allegation before he was taken into custody.

“His ordeal began about a week preceding his eventual arrest last week Thursday when the director general of the SSS, Lawan Daura, sadistically on a daily basis requested that he should report to the SSS headquarters to respond to allegations known only to Lawan Daura and which he repeatedly failed to disclose to him despite repeated demands by the erstwhile CSO.

“On each of the 7 days proceeding his arrest he would report to the SSS headquarters at about 8 in the morning and released to go back home at about 11pm without being confronted with any allegation.

“At a stage, Daura requested from him if he (Lawan) should investigate the imaginary allegation or if a junior officer should and the consistent response of the erstwhile CSO was for him to at least know the allegation, if any, to enable him respond. Lawan Daura never confronted him with any petition until he was taken into custody when he reported last Thursday.

“As we write this, nobody can access him, including family members, friends and his solicitors.”

Also, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI), has called on Nigerians to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to toe the path of rule of law by ordering the immediate release of Obua.

In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Adeolu Oyinlola, ASRADI said: “We also wish to place on record the Gestapo style adopted by operatives of the State Security Service who invaded the residences of the erstwhile National Security Adviser in Abuja and Sokoto.