Lagos – Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain has affirmed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has no right to arrest former President Ibrahim Babaginda’s media aide, Prince Kassim Afegbua over a press statement on President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
It would l be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has reportedly ordered for the arrest Afegbua over the statement he issued on Sunday on behalf of Babangida in which he quoted the former President as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek for re-election in 2019.
Onuesoke while addressing journalists argued that the IGP does not have the right to arrest him for carrying out his legitimate assignment.
The former Delta State Governorship aspirant maintained that arresting Afegbua is tantamount to taking Nigerians back to the era of military dictatorship where the people were bundled into cell without trial for criticising the wrongdoings of the government.
He argued that it is Babangida, his Principal that has the right to arrest Afegbua if he felt Afegbua worked contrary to his instructions, stressing that such is not the case as it was reported that Babangida has claimed responsibility for the statement.
“Why should they arrest him? There is no criminality in his action. Afegbua is working for his boss as media aide. It is only IBB that has the right to call for his arrest if he felt otherwise. Did IBB report him to the Police to be arrested?” he queried.
He argued freedom of speech as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution provide for objective criticism of government and a means of check and balance, stressing that Afegbua was not found wanting in that aspect in the statement.
He advised those working for President Buhari to exercise caution in executing their action mostly when it comes to criticism of government, adding that if the issue is libelous such writers can then be arrested.
Onuesoke stated that arresting Afegbua is tantamount to taking us back to the era of military dictation where thepeople are bundle into cell without trial for criticizing the wrong doings of the government