Mar 30, 2015

Ogoni: MOSOP Condemns Detention and Violence of Politicians


The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has condemned the arrest of Honourable Emmanuel Deeyah, and calls for the immediate release of detained politicians. Moreover, following the attack on Chief Kenneth Kobani on 26 March 2015, MOSOP further condemned the violence and assaults in fear of a bloodbath during the elections in Ogoniland. 


Below is an article published by Ogoni News:

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called for the release of detained politicians held by the police ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections today.

The president of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara condemned the arrest on Friday of Honourable Emmanuel Deeyah in the wee hours of the night and called for his immediate release by the officers of the Nigeria Police.

Pyagbara said the “continuing detention of Hon. Deeyah is a violation of his fundamental human rights as guaranteed by international human rights law and protected by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”. The former lawmaker is believed to be detained by the Anti-Cult Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

MOSOP equally condemned increasing violence and unwarranted attacks by politicians against one another as demonstrated by the assault on Chief Kenneth Kobani in his hometown of Bodo City on Thursday, 26th March, 2015.

MOSOP called on Ogoni politicians “to refrain from turning Ogoniland into another land of bloodbath and acrimony recognizing that there must be an Ogoniland after the elections”.


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