Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe to sue DSS over his arrest and detention; vows to continue criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari

Chairman, South-East caucus , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District, who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) few weeks ago and subsequently released after about 5 days in detention, on Wednesday told his colleagues about his ordeal and vowed to sue the DSS to court.

Apparently certain that his arrest wasn’t only about allegations that he sponsors IPOB, but also over his position against the current government, the senator noted that he would not stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for the interest of Nigerians.

“On Friday, 22nd June, I was arrested at the gate of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel while the International Press Institute’s congress was going on. I was taken to the office of the DSS by 11:30 in the morning and subsequently, by 5pm, I was taken to my house for a search of my residence,” he said

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“When we got to my house, that was the point at which I was now formally informed of why I was arrested, because the search warrant that was used stated clearly that I was being accused of aiding and sponsoring a proscribed organization, the independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB); and so, that the search of my house was to look for evidence of such.

After the search which took another 5 to 6 hours. I was taken to the office of the DSS at about 12midnight and now kept there. I have been released through the intervention of all well-meaning Nigerians led by you (President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki) and the leadership of the Senate. So, I am very glad and grateful, and was to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians who were concerned and who did everything to secure my release,” he said.

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