Police operatives have arrested three lawyers in Port Harcourt while reportedly preparing to file tribunal processes for the All Progressives Congress APC over the outcome of the March 18 governorship election in Rivers State.
The three lawyers from Tuduru Ede’s Chamber, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, were lodged in an hotel where they were putting finishing touches to the APC petition when police invaded the place and arrested them on Friday night.
The Principal of the three lawyers, Tuduru Ede, SAN, said the act was carried out by the police, adding that his colleagues were picked and taken to Ogbunabali Police State without reason.
Ede alleged that the act was perpetrated in connivance with the Peoples Democratic Party and the state government to frustrate the APC’s move to the tribunal.
He said, “Three lawyers filing the process for the APC in Rivers State were arrested last night while they were preparing the papers by the Nigeria Police in collaboration with the PDP.
“The arrest is to prevent the APC from filing their process to court. Three lawyers and some support staff members who were typing the petitions were arrested.
“They made away with duplicate copies of Form EC8A and others documents that they were using in filing the petitions.”