By Dapo Akinrefon
FAMILY of former member of the House of Representatives, Nze Chidi Duru has faulted his (Duru’s) arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegation of corruption saying it as an attempt to embarrass him.
Duru was arrested, at the weekend, in his office at the Grand Towers Hotel, Katampe and taken to the EFCC office in Abuja.
In a statement signed by Duru’s family and his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Osita Ogbuagu Jr., described the former lawmaker’s arrest as a persecution.
The statement reads: “The entire Duru family of Npkologwu, Aguata local government area of Anambra State, in all sense of responsibility, express our sincere displeasure in the continued persecution of our son (with a surviving aged mother), brother, father and husband.
“He was, on 4th of February, 2017, pcked up in his private property by the EFCC. The same EFCC in a letter signed by their acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu on 7th of September 2016, said that after investigation of Nze Chidi Duru he was found not guilty and even called him an honest citizen who has been accused falsely.
“The intention is to charge him on a matter which the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu in a signed letter withdrew on 7th September 2016 stating that Chidi Duru is a good man who has committed no crime, this was after extensive investigations were carried out on his person.
“This case was however withdrawn from a Lagos Court and now they intend to arraign him in an Abuja Court this is a clear case of double jeopardy.
“Efforts by our detractors have been uncovered to inject falsehood into the media, the family respects their right to free speech but call for fairness on the part of media houses to be balanced in reporting.
“We are informing the public that he has been molested and is only recovering from treatment, we would not hesitate to cry foul if anything happens to him.
“We are by this letter calling on all human rights campaigners to please intervene, this a clear case of falsehood and denial of his Chapter 4 rights enshrined in the 1999 Constitution. Is this what our beloved country Nigeria, Africa’s pride and giant has turned into, no respect or regard for the rule of law?”