By Dipo Awojobi – The former chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, who was arrested on March 4, Thursday by the State Security Service, has been released.
Mr. Umeh was arrested at his Aguluzigbo country home in Anambra State and taken to Abuja reportedly for interrogation over his alleged sponsorship of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He was released this morning Friday, March 5, the party’s deputy secretary, Jerry Obasi, confirmed.
Mr. Obasi however, said the arrest was politically aggravated by Mr. Umeh’s opponents in the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.
While describing the arrest as “obnoxious and despicable”, Mr. Obasi expressed regret and grievance that the SSS had become a willing tool in the hands of politicians who use the service to intimidate political opponents.
”We condemn in strongest terms the unlawful harassment and intimidation of Chief Sir Victor Umeh, our former National Chairman who was whisked away from his house at the earliest hour of yesterday in what seemed like a commando and gang arrangements by the DSS.
“It is quite unfortunate that Nigerians, especially political stalwarts of other political parties are now branded names using government agencies like the DSS to intimidate opponents with a view to either stopping them from running for elections or to clamp down on their chances politically especially those whose chances of winning elections are obvious just as in the circumstances which Chief Umeh was arrested,” he said.
The IPOB has rejected reports that it’s being sponsored by Victor Umeh, claiming that the group has no sponsor anywhere around the world.