APC seeks release of detained party chieftains in Kogi

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The All Progressives People Congress (APC) has called for the release of party chieftains arrested and detained by security operatives in Dekina Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi.

Speaking at a news briefing on Thursday in Ilorin, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the Campaign spokesperson for the governorship candidate of the party, expressed reservations on recent security operations in some parts of Kogi East.

He observed that chieftains of the party were arrested without any justifiable cause in Dekina LGA.

Fanwo, who said the party subscribed to peaceful and free polls, also called for responsible conduct by law enforcement agencies in the state.

He explained the issues surrounding the electioneering as well as the activities of the APC for the Nov. 11 governorship election in the state.

“The APC Governorship Campaign Council has expressed reservations on the recent security operations in some parts of Kogi East, where chieftains of our party were arrested for reasons unknown to us.

“Our chieftains were not involved in any act inimical to the state’s peace and should not have been subjected to such treatment.

“In as much as we subscribe to the peaceful and free poll, we also call for responsible conduct on the part of law enforcement agencies in such a way that innocent citizens are not unnecessarily punished for the sins of others,” he said.

According to him, the party does not condone or defend any act of lawlessness.

“But we make bold to say that our leaders and members that were arrested and detained did not deserve to be subjected to such treatment as they are innocent.

“We call on security agencies to release them unconditionally so they can be reunited with their families,” he added.

The campaign spokesperson said that security agencies must prove that every life is essential.