By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOS—A RIGHTS group, Human Rights Defenders Network, HURIDEN, has called on the Federal Government to unconditionally release the detained MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, just as it alleged that his continued detention is politically motivated.

It, however, raised alarm over the deteriorating health of Uwazurike, just as it accused a Governor from the South East of allegedly masterminding the continued detention of the MASSOB leader.

Also condemning the continued detention of the MASSOB leader, president of the Campaign for Democracy, CD, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin said “it is glaring that Chief  Uwazurike is a victim of political manipulation. He is suffering untold hardship and he is being illegally detained over spurious charges.”

Addressing newsmen in Lagos, chairman of HURIDEN, Mr Ayodele Akele, alleged that the trial of Mr Uwazurike was politically motivated, noting that his transfer from the Owerri Prison to Kuje Prison, Abuja was a thing of worry.


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