Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Egboka has said that the arrest of a member of the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo, is not unconnected with the alleged disruption of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, house of assembly and house of reps screening, held April 27.
The CP stated this in an interview he granted a national television in Port Harcourt. He said “on the 27th of last month, while the PDP was doing their screening, for those who want to contest for house of assembly and house of reps, a group of boys numbering about 30 stormed the venue with dangerous weapons, some of them carrying arms, some carrying daggers, some carrying axes, and they were singing cult songs of course.
“Part of the song was saying that no Farah no screening, no Farah no PDP, they were shooting indiscriminately. It was quite disturbing, our men on ground had to summon courage to chase them and eventually about 15 of them were arrested. The next day, those 15 were charged to court. It was their behaviour that day, the fact that they were mentioning Farah that made the governor of the state to declare him wanted.”
Eboka also responded to the assertion by some natives of the state, who accused the state governor, Nyesom Wike of trying to cage Dagogo who is also having an interest in the governorship seat. They claimed that the CP was used as an instrument by the governor to achieve the purported goal.
According to the CP, “I am not aware of their political differences, we are not here for politics, what we are only fighting is crime and criminology, what happened is that we cannot fold our hands and watch people come to that place where people are gathered to start shooting indiscriminately and disrupt what was going on.
“We made the arrest, they were charged to court, the following day Farah came, probably for the screening too, it was the venue where they were screening people for governorship elections and he was identified and arrested based on what happened the previous day.
“We invited him initially, we took him to the office, we told him what happened, he said he is not going to make any statement, we said okay. Call your lawyer so we can write statement in his presence, he refused, say he will not give statement, I said if you don’t give statement we will not release you, he said he will not make, if we like we should detain him, he is not making statement, if that is the case we have to prepare charge so that the following day we will take him to court.
“It is the court that reminded him, it is not me, it is not police, court remanded him in police custody; that is why we come in now again, otherwise, he has left our hands. It was the court order, court said reminded in police custody, if it had said reminded in prison custody he wouldn’t be with us.”
On concerns raised about Dagogo’s health, the commissioner said, “he actually complained of ulcer. So I told the DCCID to take him to our clinic, we have a clinic in Port Harcourt, police clinic, he was taken there, he did a scan and they discovered that he has ulcer actually, he has acute ulcer. So my doctors said okay, he opted to go to Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, they said he should go there we have no objection to him going there, so he was taken there, he is there, he is responding to treatment, he is there now.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Belema Tamuno has described the arrest of the member of the house of reps as politically motivated. In a chat with TNN, he said “it is politically motivated. However, a spade has to be called its name. It’s abuse of power. But years ago, men like Farah, et all, supported this tyrant in a garb of a democratic governor.
“Allegedly… does he have evidence to back up these claims? They only claimed that Farah sent them, without evidence just verbal, how sure are we that they were not contracted to do this job for him? We can never debunk the governor’s antics, high-handedness and all.” He added that the legal team of Dagogo will do the needful.
Also, Mr. King Magnus has said that Dagogo was a nightmare to Wike. “I see it as an arrangement to deform the political process of the young man. Wike sees Farah as his only rival in Rivers PDP and believing that he is spoiling plans and Wike is seeing it that if he leaves Farah to continue, yawa go happen.
“Mind you when he comes out now it will be different thing all together. It’s an insult to our representative to be arrested, this is joke too far. I’m not in PDP, am APC but I condemn the arrest and detention of a serving House of Reps. It has never happened since in the history of Nigeria politics, but well, na allegation but not good.
“In politics, there is always an opposition with and outside any political party. And we also have betrayal in it. These things happens, politics is a game of interest.”
Meanwhile, Dagogo’s case in court which was supposed to hold Monday, May 9, has been adjourned to May 23, 2022.