The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate release of the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, from police detention.
Mr. Ugochinyere had been detained by the police on Thursday following a resolution passed by the House of Representatives.
The CUPP spokesman had accused the leadership of the house of collecting $10 million bribe from the Bill Gates Foundation to pass the infectious disease control bill.
Noteworthy is that a federal high court in Abuja had barred the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting him.
In a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, the opposition party said the arrest of Ugochinyere, in flagrant disregard to a subsisting court order, is a direct affront to the judiciary and violation of his rights.
The statement read, “In demanding his release, our party is deeply worried by reports that the CUPP spokesperson is being detained under very dehumanising condition where he is also allegedly being tortured.
“The PDP insists that, without prejudice to the issues between the leadership of the House of Representatives and the CUPP, for which the two parties were before a court, resorting to using the police to arrest and detain the CUPP spokesperson, in defiance of the orders of the court, is completely unacceptable, unlawful and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever.
“Our party charges the Presiding Officers of the APC-led House of Representatives to note that Nigeria is a democratic state, governed by law which creates no space for the whims and caprices of dictatorial, oppressive and vindictive individuals, who have no regard for rules.”