BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
Six members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Cross River State, have been reportedly arrested and detained by the state Police Command for alleged electoral offences during the just-concluded general elections.
ACN State Chairman, Mr Cletus Obun, who disclosed this, said the detained party members, were arrested by the police on April 28 and were yet to be arraigned before any court.
According to him, “from April 28 till date, six ACN candidates and members have been hunted and arrested by army and detained at different police cells across the state.”
Obun also alleged that the party’s deputy governorship candidate in the shifted election in the state, Mr. David Okon and Mr. Ekpo Adah, its House of Assembly candidate for Akamkpa state constituency, who were arrested since April 26, were released on bail on May 3.
“The deputy governorship candidate and House of Assembly candidate were released on bail at 8p.m., yesterday,” he said.
Apart from the six party members arrested, the ACN state chairman, added that the police were still hunting for some party members over what he called spurious allegations.
He called on the police and other security agencies to address the situation to avoid anarchy in the area, adding, “the known hospitality of our people is now wantonly abused.”
Obun also called on Governor Liyel Imoke to take full responsibility of the situation as chief security officer of the state to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the area.
“Nigerians and the community are celebrating the fall of the father of modern terrorism, yet Cross Riverians are fed a fresh dose of Gestapo regime. We in ACN call for a stop to this cowardly display of desperation,” he said.
When contacted on the alleged arrest of the ACN members, state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Etim Dickson, denied any knowledge of the arrest, saying that the command was not aware of the arrests.