By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—THE family of one Mr. Jolly Olotu, who has been in detention for over three months for alleged kidnapping at the Department of State Service, DSS Asaba, Delta State, has appealed to the State Director of the Department, to release him or charge him to court if found culpable of the offence.
Counsel to the Olotu family, Mr. Ebosele Okhifoh in a petition to the DSS Director, insisted that in the alternative, Mr. Olotu should be charged to court if it was proven that he has a case to answer for him to defend himself, adding that the Nigerian Constitution gives him and other Nigerians that right.
The petition also copied the Director – General, DSS Abuja, said “We believe that every Nigerian has a right to be brought before the court and we don’t want to believe that your office will allow itself to be used as an agent of oppression of innocent Nigerians.
“If there is any case against our client, three months is enough to gathered any evidence if any and charge him to court while the alternative is to free him.”
Tracing the genesis of the arrest and subsequent detention of Mr. Olotu, who is a timber contractor, the family said that he was picked up from a hotel room at Oluku Quarters, Benin City on May 29, 2013, at 1 am by members of the Edo State Operation Thunder Storm patrol team led by an Army officer on the allegation that he was a suspected kidnapper.
The family said that after his arrest, he was kept in detention for a month in a cell of the Army 4th Brigade headquarters in Benin, Edo State and throughout that period, the Army could not establish any case of kidnapping against him.
The family lamented that instead of releasing him, the Army Brigade headquarters handed the suspect to the DSS, Benin for further interrogation and it became obvious that no case of kidnapping could be traced to him, the Edo DSS handed him back to the Army authorities.
“As if the suspect had not suffered enough, the Army yet again handed him over to your office for possible investigation and till now, he has neither been released nor charged to court for any offence.”