THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for relying on illegal holding charge to keep the party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, in detention since last Tuesday without charging him to court.
The party observed in a statement issued in Abuja, on Saturday, that such an act showed the dictatorial character of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government, which it said has not hidden its disdain for rule of law and an appetite to gag the opposition.
Signed by the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, the statement noted that the continued detention was in breach of Chief Metuh’s liberty and fundamental rights.
It stressed that relying on a purported ‘holding charge’ said to have been derived from a magistrate to detain Metuh beyond the statutory period allowed by the law was in violation of the constitution and extant corresponding rulings by several trial and appellate courts in the country.
The PDP added: “We draw the attention of all Nigerians and the international community to this illegal clamp-down on the opposition spokesman by the EFCC, using a purported holding charge said to have been derived from a magistrate court.”