- Category: Politics
- Published on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:00
- Written by The Nation
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EX-military ruler Gen. Ibrahim Babangida is worried about the safety of the Director-General of his campaign organisation, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi. He also warned security agencies against being used to suppress the opposition and settle political scores.
Gen. Babangida demanded immediate release of the media mogul by the State Security Services (SSS).
The Deputy Director-General of his campaign organisation, Senator Mahmud Kanti Bello, queried why Dokpesi was being kept incommunicado in State Security Service’s detention cell.
He said it was unthinkable that the government would violate Dokpesi’s rights in a democratic era.
The statement said: "The Director-General of the IBB 2011 Presidential Campaign Organisation, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, was invited Sunday, 3rd October, 2010 by the State Security Services (SSS) to report to their headquarters by 11am Monday, 4th October, 2010.
As a law-abiding citizen, he promptly complied and reported to the State Security Services headquarters by 10am this morning as directed.
"Between 11am and 5pm this evening, Monday 4th October, 2010, all telephone calls placed to him were unanswered.
"The Campaign Organisation dispatched a high powered delegation comprising four directors of the Campaign Organisation and his personal Lawyer to enquire as to his whereabouts.
"The delegation was denied access to Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and had to return to the Campaign office at about 6.50pm. No reason has been given whatsoever by the State Security Services for his invitation, and detention, neither is his whereabouts known.
"As at the time of writing this statement (7.50pm), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has been denied access by the SSS to his family, personal physician, lawyers, and the Campaign Organisation.
"As we write, his family is worried, and deeply concerned for his safety, health and his well-being. In addition, his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are being violated.
High Chief Raymond Dokpesi is a well-respected and patriotic Nigerian who has continued to contribute selflessly to the growth, development and stability of the Nigerian nation.
"The IBB 2011 Campaign Organisation hereby condemns in the strongest terms the detention of its Director General and calls for his immediate release.
"We wish to draw the attention of local and international communities to the growing politics of intolerance, intimidation, coercion, persecution and harassment in spite of the avowed commitment to the rule of law by the present administration.
"We call on the security agencies of the country not to allow themselves to be used as tools to settle political scores particularly on simple intra-party contest."