Demands for his immediate release
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has raised the alarm over his continuous detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), five days after meeting his bail conditions.
Fani-Kayode in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Jude Ndukwe, yesterday, condemned what he described as “the dictatorial, vengeful, vindictive and scurrilous use of the EFCC by the APC-led federal government.”
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was using the anti-graft agency to achieve “sinister purposes against vocal individuals and members of the opposition,” which he noted has once again played itself out in the macabre of his continued detention, five days after fulfilling all his bail conditions.
Part of the statement read: “We are appalled by this risible development but not surprised at all by it because that has been the hallmark of this current administration. Rather than work to improve on its reprehensible anti-democratic record, the Buhari-led administration has insisted on continuing in its self-engineered free nose-dive into the abyss of autocracy and the infamy of gross abuse of citizens’ rights.
“This tactic of keeping key and vocal members of the opposition out of circulation without due regard to our laws and or harass them with charges that cannot stand the test of judicial requirements has got to stop. The sweet smelling savour of democracy will be polluted when the opposition is stifled.”
“The continued holding of Fani-Kayode in EFCC custody for this long despite meeting his bail conditions goes a long way to show that this fight is not about corruption after all but all about silencing the opposition.”
The former Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, condemned in very strong terms, what he described as acts of intimidation and harassment and request that he be released forthwith even as we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to know who to hold responsible should anything untoward happen to him.
“This act of executive rascality, at a time when Nigerians are groaning more than ever before over the economic hardship inflicted on them by this administration, is needless. It will achieve nothing but only lead to a puerile end,” he state.