A former Member of the Federal House of Representatives, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, has asked the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to unconditionally release the member representing Bonny/Degema Federal Constituency, Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo, from detention within 48 hours.
Peterside, who said, Hon. Dagogo’s arrest has no locus standi in any known Nigerian law or statute, including the Miscellaneous Offences Act, which described Wike as a neo-fascist and dictator desperate to gag free speech and democratic rights of Rivers citizens.
He challenged the governor to justify his reasons for the arrest of the lawmaker other than his quest to remain apolitical alpha and omega who would not brood any fair contest.
While insisting that the police also erred in executing the arrest without a known court warrant, Peterside vowed that Rivers State would not allow Wike to prosper in his quest to turn the state into an Italy of Benito Mussolini or Adolf Hitler’s Germany where fascism held sway until the world rallied democracy against them.
“Rivers State cannot become an Italy of Benito Mussolini, or Adolf Hitler’s Germany where fascism and dictatorship contracted an evil marriage of convenience that bestrode and muzzled free speech and fundamental rights of citizens.
“What Wike is working at is to annex every independent mind and cow every Rivers citizen into sheepish acquiescence. But what he plays ignorant of is that from the times of Dappa Biriye, Melford Okilo, Obi Wali, TImothy Birabi, all nationalists and democrats, Rivers had never suffered fools to muzzle them. So, we shall keep to that historic attitude and would never surrender to Wike and his goons,” he said.
Peterside, who is the immediate past Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, queried Gov. Wike on how he obtained evidence linking the lawmaker to the alleged disruption of proceedings at the Rivers State Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Wike had lied several times such that these days his claims must be subjected to forensic investigation before believed. So, Rivers people need to know how he proved Dagogo’s link to whatever happened at their party Secretariat”, he added.
While calling on lovers of democracy and free speech to condemn Wike and his fascist style of governance, Peterside reiterated his 48-hour ultimatum to Gov. Wike to order the release of the detained lawmaker.
“Wike has 48 hours to ensure that Hon. Farah is set free and allowed to continue to pursue his political aspiration.
“Nothing short of that shall avail. Wike cannot be junketing in pursuit of his presidential ambition using Rivers State resources while wickedly gagging others on the altar of ego. He must let Dagogo go,” Peterside emphasised.