A group under the aegis of Center for Credible Elections and Reform (CCER) has expressed concern over the abduction of a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Felix Agu.
The group alleged that the staff was abducted over alleged exposure of electoral fraud in the state by the Coalition of United Political Parties’ (CUPP’s) spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere.
The group, in a statement by the organisation ’s National Chairman, Comrade Uzo Kalu, alleged that the abducted staff was kept for over 10 days in solitary confinement without access to his family, lawyers, doctors and in absolute violation of his fundamental rights.
It alleged that following the revelation by the CUPP of the falsification of the voters register particularly in Imo State especially in Omuma Ward, which is the Ward of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“The abduction of Mr. Felix Agu by agents of the Imo state Governor is a threat to free and fair 2023 election and poses a lot of questions for Nigerians to seek answers to.
“First, why has the National Headquarters of the Commission not been officially informed if Mr. Agu committed any crime? Why has Mr. Agu been held in solitary confinement for ten days without being released or charged to Court in line with the Constitution?
“Why has Mr. Agu not been granted access to any of his lawyers, family and doctors if this was a legitimate arrest?
“We therefore call on Nigerians to take note of actions like this where a federal government agency is now at the beck and call of a State Government to cover felonies.
“We also call for the National Chairman of INEC to immediately demand the release of Mr. Felix Agu from DSS custody since he is not missing as earlier thought by family and colleagues in the office,” the statement read in part.