Fani-Kayode must not die in detention, PDP warns


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned the Nigerian government to make sure that one of its (PDP) chieftains, Femi Fani-Kayode, who is in detention, does not die.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was re-arrested on Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Lagos.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was the spokesperson for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in 2015. He is also a former minister.

An aide to Mr. Fani-Kayode, Jude Ndukwe, said on Tuesday that the former Minister of Aviation collapsed on Saturday at the EFCC’s facility.

He was however, said to have been promptly revived by a team at the EFCC’s medical facility. “But for the quick and professional intervention of the medical team in the EFCC medical facilities, the story could have been different, it could have been fatal,” Mr. Ndukwe said in a statement.

The PDP said the re-arrest of Mr. Fani-Kayode within the premises of a Federal High Court in Lagos “is the latest in a series of plans designed to further harass and intimidate our members and supporters using the security and intelligence apparatus of the Nigerian State”.

The party, in a statement by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, recalled that a few days before his arrest, Mr. Fani-Kayode’s wife, Precious Chikwendu, and their eight-month-old son, Aragorn, were arrested and would have been detained “but for the timely intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State”.

“What is not common knowledge is that at the time of his arrest, Chief Fani-Kayode was ill and taking medication. Since his arrest, he has been denied access to his medication and medical doctors who are conversant with his medical history,” the party said.

It also said that officials of the EFCC continued to deny Chief Fani-Kayode access to his medication up till Tuesday morning.

“The only conclusion that can be reached is that the APC led Federal Government and EFCC want Chief Fani-Kayode to die in detention.

“In the light of the prevailing circumstances where EFCC are detaining an obviously weak and ill man, this is an inescapable conclusion.

“These continuous violations of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the Nigerian people by the Buhari Administration must stop.

“The Federal Government cannot, and must not, be allowed to continually infringe on the rights of the very people it swore to uphold.

“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to urge the Federal Government to desist from its path of human rights abuses,” PDP said.

Via Premium Times

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