Tuesday, 18 October 2016

PDP gives statement over ex-minister’s wife's detention

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the detention of Precious Chikwendu, the wife of former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode. Chikwendu was, on Monday, October 17, detained at a bank in Ekiti on the orders of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The PDP made its comments via a statement issued by spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye.

The statement reads:

“We condemn, in its entirety, the arrest and detention of Precious Chikwendu, wife of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode – former Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) – on ) October 17, 2016 by officials of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ado-Ekiti.”

“She was arrested along with her 8 month old son, Aragorn, and would have been detained but for the timely intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose. This action represents a new low in the Federal Government’s resolve to harass and persecute real and perceived enemies of the Buhari administration under the guise of an anti-corruption crusade.

“It is reprehensible for the government to attack members of the families of its perceived enemies, especially wives and children, for any reason whatsoever. In addition to freezing Chief Fani-Kayode’s accounts, the Federal Government has ordered the freezing of accounts of his wife, Precious Chikwendu, several of which were opened and operated long before their marriage.

“These accounts have been frozen for no reason other than her marriage to Chief Fani-Kayode. The Buhari administration cannot, and must not, be allowed to continue the violation of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the Nigerian people. This sort of tyranny must not be allowed to continue unchecked. We have advised the family to approach the courts and enforce their legal rights in this matter.”

Chikwendu was eventually freed after the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose.

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