Nigeria’s PDP Says Incarceration of Party’s Spokesman Illegal

Nigeria’s opposition People’s Democratic Party said the incarceration of its national spokesman, Olisa Metuh, by the anti-corruption agency since Jan. 5 was illegal and called for his release.

The PDP, which held power from 1999 until it lost presidential elections in March last year, said the holding of Metuh without charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was a breach of his human rights and showed the “dictatorial character” of President Muhammadu Buhari. EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren declined to comment.

“President Buhari’s election promise of fighting corruption has now been turned into a man-hunt of PDP leaders,” Victor Kwon, the PDP’s legal adviser, said in a statement on Saturday. “While known corrupt APC leaders are being shielded by the system and rewarded with ministerial positions and other government appointments,” he said, referring to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Buhari pledged to clamp down on corruption and has arrested former ministers and government officials over alleged embezzlement of cash for arms procurement to fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

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