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Olanrewaju Bolaji
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Controversy has trailed the reported arrest of Buba Galadima, a political ally of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Spokesperson of the Atiku’s campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, who raised the alarm of the arrest, yesterday, said it occurred in Abuja.

“He was accosted on the road and arrested,” Mr Ologbonyan said, adding that he was still making efforts to obtain further details.

While some persons, including the PDP said the Department of State Security Service was responsible for Mr Galadima’s arrest, the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya said he had no information of the arrest.

The news comes barely a few hours after a spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign, Festus Keyamo asked security agencies to arrest Mr Galadima, who has been amongst the most vocal spokespersons for the opposition.

Mr Galadima had been accused of recording a video announcing Atiku Abubakar winner of the Saturday’s polls. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest of Buba Galadima, by the Department of State Security (DSS) and called for his immediate unconditional release.

The party who described Galadima as a pro-democracy activist, said his arrest is only the latest in a pattern of anti-democratic actions by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

National chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who stated this in a statement while reacting Galadima’s alleged arrest by masked DSS operatives in Abuja, wondered why the DSS has not arrested any of the thugs responsible for the electoral violence witnessed so far across the country.

He said “We as a party condemn this arrest in the strongest possible terms. Buba Galadima is a patriot. His patriotism has been previously and strongly highlighted by various Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari.

“What crime has he committed? I answer my own question and say none. Mr. Galadima is constitutionally guaranteed a right of freedom of speech and freedom after the speech.”

Secondus lambasted the DSS for not making any arrests over the deaths allegedly caused by thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the course of the election.

“The nation was embarrassed by drone images of bullion vans laden with cash driving into the home of the National Leader of the APC and no action has been taken by the law enforcement authorities. Yet a patriot and pro-democracy activist is arrested.

“We cannot be hoodwinked by the puppeteering of the DSS by the APC. It is obviously no coincidence that the APC Presidential Campaign Council called for the arrest of Mr. Galadima at 12 noon today (Sunday the 24th of February, 2019) and the arrest was duly effected by the DSS an hour later.

“This arrest is only the latest in a pattern of anti-democratic actions by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“Nigeria will not be cowed. We have voted for democracy and as a nation, we will not be taken back to Egypt by the discredited blame centred anti-democratic forces who have turned a once thriving economy into the world headquarters for extreme poverty.

“I call for the immediate release of Mr Buba Galadima by the Department of State Security, even as I remind the DSS and other security agencies, that their oath of allegiance was sworn to Nigeria and not to the All Progressive Congress or President Muhammadu Buhari,” Secondus said.

Source: www.talkthematter.com.ng/2019/02/controversy-trails-arrest-of-buba.html

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