Police disobeys court order, arrests CUPP spokesman

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.

Mr Ugochinyere, according to his legal counsel, Chibuzor Ezike, was picked up Thursday evening in a commando style.


Mr Ezike accused the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, of instigating the arrest of his client despite a court order preventing the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) from picking the opposition spokesman up.

“The legal team of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has been notified of the arrest of our client by men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Force Headquarters at about 5:30p.m this (Thursday) evening,” the lawyer said in a statement.

“We have been reliably informed by citizens who witnessed the commando-style arrest that our client was manhandled, assaulted and whisked away by the men against his will. We were informed that he was eventually told that they were to arrest him based on the instigation by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.


“Nigerians will recall that Gbajabiamila had misdirected the House of Representatives to pass a resolution against Ikenga and also to direct the Police and the Department of State Services to arrest him. However, on June 3, 2020 the Federal Capital Territory High Court ordered the Police and the SSS ‘in clear terms not to give effect to the resolutions and acts of Gbajabiamila and further restrained them from arresting or detaining in any manner our client.

“However, in their usual disobedience to lawful orders of Court, the Police, still on the instigation of Gbajabiamila have arrested our client and have immediately began to torture him. We call on the Inspector General of Police to harken to the order of the court and release our client immediately so as not to incur further odium from well-meaning lovers of democracy and constitutionality.

“The injunction order of the court and all processes in the matter have been served on the Police, including the hearing notice notifying that the matter has been adjourned for definite hearing on June 30, 2020. The matter came up for hearing yesterday with being June 17, 2020 and the Director General of DSS and National Assembly both appeared in Court and have filed their defences while the Police refused to appear or file any defence,” it added.



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