Youths protest Metuh’s arrest, threaten to sue FG

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By Ahmed Abubakar

Several youths yesterday protested the continued incarceration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters.

The angry youths under the aegis of Northern Youth Network (NYN) have threatened to sue federal government if EFCC does not charged Metuh to court or release him within 48 hours.

Displaying a banner with the inscription “a solidarity protest for our democracy. President Muhammadu Buhari should allow democracy to stay. A call for immediate release of Chief Olisa Metuh, the mouthpiece of Nigeria constructive opposition party,”

The group said President Buhari should be fair enough to invite All Progressives Congress (APC) members like Bola Tinubu and others alleged to have funded his campaigns.

Speaking on behalf of the group, NYN President, Comrade Mike Msuaan, said even though they supported Buhari’s fight against insurgency, Buhari’s government should know that no nation strive without constructive criticism from the opposition.

Msuaan explained that the group is not partisan neither does it belong to any political party, adding that the position of the group is to fight against violation of human rights.

He said that the continued incarceration of Metuh and other people in EFCC custody is a violation of their rights, calling on the anti-graft agency to take them to court as EFCC is not a court.

He said APC should know that it was in opposition before and PDP allowed it to operate, adding that nowhere in the world a ruling party can deliver on its campaign promises unless prompted by opposition criticism.

He said: “When you arrest, charge to court. We urge federal government to charge Metuh to court within 48 hours. We will not agree if anything happened to him in detention.

“We are not here to support corruption and if you are fighting corruption start within yourself. We will take federal government to court if does not take Metuh to court within 48 hours or release him immediately. Take people in the custody of EFCC to court. EFCC has no power to detain people more than 24 hours.”

 

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