The continued detention of former governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang has become a cause for worry for “Forum of PDP Chairmanship Candidates Plateau State”. While addressing the press recently, the group according to its Publicity Secretary, Hon. Kim Titus Danja, is dismayed by the way with which the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is handling the issue of alleged fraud against the former governor. “It’s tyrannical, crude, rash, sadistic, despotic and a broad daylight affront on democratic tenets, as the continued stay in detention of the Distinguished Senator is a gross disrespect for the rule of law”.
He went further to state that, “It has become the hallmark of the APC-led administration to ride roughshod over the constitutionally established legal and democratic processes in running the affairs of this country”. “The arbitrariness and misuse of authority by the anti-graft agency is not only demeaning but a serious dent and embarrassment to our national image. Always making us a laughing stock before the rest of the world”, he explained.
Hon. Danja continued by stating that, “For detaining the distinguished Senator for over a week running, and rendering him incommunicado for this long time, the EFCC has flagrantly violated his fundamental human right to personal liberty, it is unfortunate that the obnoxious, antiquated and draconian military era decrees that fizzled out with the advent of Civilian democracy is being systematically reintroduced by the supposed “democratically elected” APC government with reckless abandon”.
The fundamental human rights provision is a constitutional entitlement of every citizen except if otherwise decided by a Court of competent jurisdiction. Senator Jang’s indefinite and illegal incarceration smacks of impunity and breach of the relevant provisions that guarantees same.
Constitutionally, it is an offence in Nigeria to a suspect for up to 48 hours without charging same to a competent court of jurisdiction. To this effect, the group’s spokesperson reiterated that, “the APC led government does not give a hoot to this blatant illegality in its blind obsession to clampdown on opposition with primitive trajectory”.
While commenting on the issue, Hon. Felix Charles Koproda, who also is the Secretary of reinstate the forum’s call on all true lovers and promoters of democracy to arise and defend the hard earned nascent democracy by saying an emphatic “NO” to what they believe is an unholy and unpatriotic anti-democratic elements masquerading as democrats whereas they practice totalitarianism and tyrannical brigandage”.
He also urged the judiciary to rise to its constitutional responsibility as impartial dispenser of justice and custodian of the rule of law to do the needful. As voice for the voiceless, he is confident that judiciary will guarantee the fundamental rights of the distinguished Senator as against the unwarranted infractions being perpetrated by the EFCC and their cohorts under the guise of fighting corruption.
Section 36(5) of the 1999 constitution, as amended presumes every accused charged with any criminal offence innocent, unless proven guilty by the prosecution alleging, any position to the contrary, entitles the accused person bail by virtue of section 35(A) of the 1999 constitution as amended and 5 of the constitution hence if charging an accused person to bail appears impracticable, the security authority concerned is expected or enjoined to grant such accused person bail as enshrined in section 17PA, section 37 CPC, and section 77 of the police Act.
The group believes, the APC led administration is persecuting Distinguished Senator Jang because of his towering track record of achievements in the state, which according to them precipitated myriad of calls on him across the country to throw his hat in the Presidential ring come 2019. “The ruling APC have suddenly developed goose pimples, but who God has exalted, no mortal can pull down” Hon. Danja revealed.
The PDP remains one formidable body in support of Senator Jang and genuine defenders of democracy who are poised to sack or terminate the political conundrum and democratic impostors come 2019 so as to pave the way for a new national rebirth that will restore Nigeria’s lost glory brought about by the 3 years of APC’s misrule and neo fascist inclinations.