The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest of the senator representing Abia-South Enyinnaya Abaribe by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Abaribe was nabbed on Friday morning at his barber’s shop in the Apo area of Abuja, his Special Adviser, Nwokoma Okorie, said.
The security outfit has yet to confirm Abaribe’s arrest but the Abia-South senator is understood to have been under the watch of the DSS since he stood surety for the leader of the now outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that the arrest of Abaribe lays credit to its earlier alarm that the Buhari administration had begun a “clampdown” on perceived opposition members.
“The clampdown on Senator Abaribe is feared to be in furtherance of the moves to intimidate and emasculate members of the National Assembly who are known for their outspokenness against the constitutional violations and misrule of the APC administration,” he said in a statement.
“The PDP notes that the Federal Government has given no reasons for the arrest and detention of Senator Abaribe, who has been kept incommunicado without access to his lawyers and associates.
“The party also notes the apprehension of Nigerians following numerous alleged plots by the Federal Government to frame up other lawmakers, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, as well as Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani.
“Nigerians can now see that our dear nation is fast descending into a fascist state where constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech no longer obtains and citizens are marked, arrested and detained on the whims and caprices of those in power.
“The PDP charges the DSS to immediately declare Senator Abaribe’s whereabouts, as well as the charge against him. Moreover, the laws of our nation are clear on the process of arrest and prosecution of any citizen and not recourse to clampdown and intimidation.”