The Plateau Chapter of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the â€œimmediate releaseâ€ of former Plateau governor Jonah Jang from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody.
Jang, who represents Plateau North in the senate, was invited by the EFCC on Monday over alleged misappropriation of some monies when he governed the north-central state between 2007 and 2015.
The senator had, since then, been in the custody of the anti-graft agency.
Chief Damishi Sango, the PDP Chairman in Plateau, who addressed a press conference on Jangâ€™s detention, described it as â€œunconstitutionalâ€.
Sango argued that the refusal of the commission to grant bail to the elder statesman was â€œa gross violation of his fundamental human rightsâ€.
â€œWe consider the continued detention of Sen. Jang by the EFCC as unconstitutional, unlawful and gross violation of his fundamental human rights.
â€œIt is very shocking and unbelievable that a sitting senator and elder statesman is being denied bail, access to his lawyers, family and even his medication. This is quite unfortunate.
â€œWe have appealed to party supporters and family members to remain calm and shall continue to ensure that they remain so, but we want the EFCC to, as a matter of urgency, release Sen. Jang,â€ Sango stated.
The chairman alleged that Jangâ€™s continued detention was â€œpart of an orchestrated plan to clamp down on the oppositionâ€, saying that Jang was entitled to bail on self recognition since he was a serving senator.
â€œJang is a former governor and a serving senator; there is no way he will jump bail,â€ he said.