EFCC Arrest Of Dokpesi, Plot By APC Govt To Persecute Opposition, Silence The Media – PDP
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday picked up Mr. Dokpesi, a PDP chieftain, over his alleged involvement in the $2.2bn arms deal scandal currently rocking the Office of the National Security Adviser during the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
The media mogul was alleged to have received N2.1bn from the office of the then NSA, Sambo Dasuki, in what a source at the EFCC said was “without any clear reason”.
It is believed that the money came from funds that were budgeted for arms procurement, but was diverted to Mr. Dokpesi
Reacting to his arrest in a statement yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said while the opposition party was not against the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s war against corruption, it must insist that due process and respect for the rule of law must be adhered to.
Metuh warned that the anti-corruption crusade must not be a guise to persecute and torture opposition elements in the country.
“Our fear is that with the pronouncement of guilt even without being given the opportunity within his rights as a citizen to state his own side of the story, the President Buhari-led government is sidestepping the laws to ensure that Chief Dokpesi does not get justice in the court, a plot which they want to extend to other PDP leaders.
“The PDP therefore demands an open and public trial of all those arrested so that all issues and charges against them as well as their defence therein would also be in the public domain.
“We demand a proper investigation and lawful prosecution instead of the reprehensible resort to outright political persecution, which can only have a place in a military regime.
“We also note that this development may not be unconnected with the planned onslaught against the media, following its commitment in holding this dictatorial regime accountable since it took office.
“We call on the international community and rights bodies worldwide to note the growing impunity and gross violation of human rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government tailored to decimate the opposition and cow the media in Nigeria”.