The Secretariat of the CUPP has raised alarm over the current clampdown on
opposition figures by the Federal Government using various state
institutions. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secretly
arrested Mr. Tunde Ayeni, the former Chairman of Skye Bank and a close
ally of the consensus opposition candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Information reaching the opposition secretariat also include the facts
that Mr. Ayeni has been poisoned and rushed to a yet to be disclosed
medical facility for treatment.
We demand immediate release of Mr. Tunde Ayeni from EFCC custody to his
family for proper medical attention and that the case against him should
be charged to court immediately if indeed there is anything found against
him. This attitude towards the friends, supporters and allies of Alhaji
Atiku Abubakar is condemnable, despotic, undemocratic and must be stopped
without any further delay. We categorically warn that nothing should
happen to Mr. Tunde Ayeni to silence him so that the truth of how the
family and cronies of President Buhari acquired Skye Bank will not
eventually be known by Nigerians.
If the EFCC Chairman in his usual over-zealousness to please the President
has begun the government agenda of also stuffing Nigerians into body bags,
then the international community is hereby called upon to place him on
close and careful watch and list his name for possible prosecution for
crimes against humanity. Mr. Ayeni is a political prisoner. His continued
detention will eternally bug the conscience of his oppressors.
The country is also put on the notice that the EFCC has been handed down a
list of 45 opposition leaders to invite, arrest, detain and restrain
before the opening of polls on 16th February. The list includes names
Alhaji Sule Lamido, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Hon. Luke Onofiok,Saraki,
Chidoka,Ikenga Imo ugochinyere,Chief Achike Udenwa, Alhaji Attahiru
Bafarawa, Mr. Abba Moro, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema and a
host of others. All this intimidation will not help a President who has
been rejected by the people. Arrest everybody, put us all in body bags,
but Nigerians have a date with destiny on 16th February to reclaim our
country and get it working again.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
1st National spokesperson