BY EMMA AMAIZE
THE police in Netherlands are still holding Niger-Delta activist, Sunny Ofehe, incommunicado 12 days after he was seized from his Rotterdam home for an undisclosed offence.
His wife, Mrs. Dorothy Ofehe, who was invited by the Dutch police over her husband’s affair, was asked to report again on Tuesday.
The continued detention of the founder/president of the Hope for Niger-Delta Campaign, HNDC, by the Dutch police, who, reportedly ransacked his residence afresh, last week, romping everywhere for objects with his fingerprints and DNA, fueled suspicion, weekend, that the security agents were in a frantic search for information to nail him.
Unconfirmed report that some officials of a multinational oil company threatened to deal with him at a recent meeting over his role in trying to expose a crude oil sales and arms/ammunition scandal against the firm in Nigeria, provoked a harsh reaction, yesterday, from fellow activists and ex-combatants in the region, who had been waiting patiently since the news of his arrest broke to know the reason(s).
“We heard that he was being quizzed in relation to a human trafficking offence following a guidance he gave to a Nigerian seeking asylum in The Netherlands, sometime ago. They have since released the person, so why are they holding him when they know he is not a human trafficker?, one of the enraged activists told Sunday Vanguard in Warri.
“Ofehe, himself, sought asylum to live in The Netherlands and it will be stupid of him not to assist other Nigerians that want to legally live there”.
It was gathered that groups of activists, intellectuals, ex-generals and ex-combatants have met and resolved to storm the Netherlands Embassy unless Ofehe is released unconditionally or charged to court in the next few days.
Former national president of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Dr Chris Ekiyor, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard on the matter, said, “I am aware that activists in the region have convened a meeting over the Ofehe arrest and they are not happy because the reasons for his arrest are shrouded in secrecy and the information available to them is that he is being persecuted because of his dogged stance against an oil company.”