Youth demand release of lawyer Ugwuonye

Youths for Human Rights Protection and  Transparency InitiativeOKORO CHINEDU 
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Youths for Human Rights Protection and  Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) has called for the release of prominent  lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye.

The organisation condemned his “barbaric” arrest by armed policemen from  Abuja last Friday.

YARPTI said it gathered that a crack team of police officers from the  anti-kidnapping squad of the Criminal Investigation Department of the  Federal Capital Territory Police Command barged into his Lagos office in  plain clothes welding automatic assault rifles and whisked him away to a  “dark cell” in Abuja.

“We are not impressed with the manner of his arrest,” YARPTI President, Kenneth Uwadi, said.

“We are asking why the police did not send in an invitation to him,” wondered Uwadi.

“Why did they choose to come on Friday, knowing very well that next week Tuesday and Wednesday are public holidays in Nigeria? Who is behind this arrest?”

Uwadi linked the arrest of Ugwuonye to the disappearance of Abuja based socialite, Charity Aiyedogbon, on May 11.

He said Ugwuonye took it upon himself to get to the bottom of the case and solve riddle concerning Aiyedogbon disappearance and alleged murder. It is believed Ugwuonye followed his alleged claim he had evidence the woman had
been murdered.

YARPTI believe that Emeka’s efforts are being sabotaged by some “highly-placed” Nigerians.

Uwadi expressed YARPTI’s worry Nigeria was going back to the era of  impunity and wanton detention of citizens on the most spurious allegation.

“We are worried that the country is going into the dark days of civil  right oppression and suppression.”

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