Jonathan’s former ADC and Victor Umeh regain freedom

Posted by News Express | 4 March 2016 | 3,011 times

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The Nigerian Army has released the aide-de-camp to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Ojugbane Adegbe on bail.

Counsel to Colonel Adegbe, Mr Ogwu Onoja, confirmed his release to reporters in Abuja.

He said his client was released on Friday afternoon.

Colonel Adegbe’s release came after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or any other organ of government holding Colonel Adegbe to release him on bail immediately in the most liberal terms.

Justice Yusuf Haliru who gave the orders, said that the continuous detention of the Army officer for more than 24 hours, as stipulated in the constitution was not just illegal, but unlawful and an abuse of power.

According to him, the EFCC ought to confine itself to its statutory responsibility of fighting corruption rather than serving as a holding cell for the Nigerian military.

Similarly, the Department of State Services (DSS) has released the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Sir Victor Umeh.

The APGA leader was arrested at his Aguluzigbo country home in Anambra State at about 9:00am local time on Thursday and taken to Abuja.

Confirming his release, the party’s Deputy Secretary, Mr Jerry Obasi, however, alleged that the arrest was politically motivated by Mr Umeh’s opponents in the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.

Mr Umeh arrived into the warm embrace and rejoicing from family members and political associates.

He told Channels Television that the secret service inquired several issues from him, ranging from situation in the South-East region and some statements attributed to him.

The DSS has not given reasons for Mr Umeh’s arrest.

•Photo shows Colonel Ojugbane Adegbe.

Source: News Express

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