Fani-Kayode Must Not Die in Detention, PDP Warns EFCC

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Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to allow the former spokesperson for the party’s 2015 Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCP), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, to die in its detention.

The party said as at the time of writing this statement, officials of the EFCC have continued to deny Fani-Kayode access to his medication.

In a statement issued yesterday by the PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party accused the EFCC of deliberately denying Fani- Kayode access to medication, adding that the frequent violation of people’s right by government should stop.

“It is common knowledge that in furtherance of its campaign of attrition against members of the PDP in the guise of an anti-corruption war, Fani-Kayode, former spokesperson for PDPPCP was arrested at the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

“His re-arrest is the latest in a series of plans designed to further harass and intimidate our members and supporters using the security and intelligence apparatus of the Nigerian state. A few days before his arrest, his wife, Precious Chikwendu, and their eight-month -old son,  Aragorn, were arrested and would have been detained but for the timely intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

“What is not common knowledge is that at the time of his arrest, Fani-Kayode was ill and taking medication. Since his arrest, he has been denied access to his medication and medical doctors who are conversant with his medical history.
“As at the time of writing this statement, officials of the EFCC have continued to deny Fani-Kayode access to his medication.

“The only conclusion that can be reached is that the APC-led federal government and EFCC want Fani-Kayode to die in detention. In the light of the prevailing circumstances where EFCC are detaining an obviously weak and ill man, this is an inescapable conclusion.

“These continuous violations of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the Nigerian people by the Muhamadu Buhari administration must stop. The federal government cannot, and must not, be allowed to continually infringe on the rights of the very people it swore to uphold.
“We call on all well meaning Nigerians to urge the federal government to desist from its path of human rights abuses.”