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Saraki’s SSA on Youth and Student Matters Reportedly Detained by DSS

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Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere

Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere

The Senior Special Assistant to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Youth and Student Matters, Barrister Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Security, his family says.

Ikenga, who is also the president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN was said to have been detained by the DSS after his invitation to the office by the Assistant Director of Internal Security.

A statement by Ikenga’s brother Obinna Ikeagwuonu informing the public of the detention read:

Information at our disposal has it that Ikenga informed his family of his invitation to the office of the DSS, yesterday (monday) by 10:00hrs on the call of the Assistant Director Internal Security.

He has not been seen nor heard from since the time he entered the premises of the DSS. Every attempt by his family, lawyers and personal physician to have access to him have been resisted by the security outfit.

Ikenga is the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and also Senior Special Assistant to the Senate President on Youth and Students Matters and the family has been withstanding immense pressure while assuring and reassuring Nigerian youths who are calling from all over the country enquiring about the welfare of their President.

We have limits to our strength to withstand this pressure if Nigeria youths want to approach the State and demand for the whereabouts of their President.

He (Ikenga) was alleged to be working with people who the state is not happy with. If these people who the state is not happy with refer to the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, then Ikenga has this message for his captors that he is proud of his relationship and association with Dr. Saraki and is bold to stand by him. Ikenga will not deny Saraki because of oppression of the state.”

We make this statement to inform the world that Ikenga is in the custody of the Department of State Services, detained illegally and against his will and for the world to know who to hold responsible should anything happen to Ikenga.

According to Vanguard, Obinna also said that unofficial information reaching the family confirmed that the Youth Leader is being interrogated on a petition against him by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung who was indefinitely suspended from the Board of the NYCN. Vanguard also reports that Dalung, in the petition said that Ikenga had called on President Buhari to summarily sack him (Dalung) as minister.

“If truly this is one of the questions for which he is illegally detained without access to food, water, legal and medical assistance, then that is impunity at the highest level and we condemn it. Ikenga we are informed has not been shown any petition so far. Ikenga is a law abiding citizen who has approached the Courts in defence of his mandate that Solomon Dalung has severally boasted he will snatch from Ikenga. His lawyers have initiated contempt proceedings against Mr. Dalung and instead of the Minister to go to Court; he is using his office and institutions of State to attempt to intimidate Ikenga,” Obinna said.

5 Comments

  1. adelegirl

    April 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    What is the senate president doing with this guy, a known political jobber and hatchet man?

  2. Twinkul

    April 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    President of which youth? How has he advanced the course of the Nigerian Youth? President for his pocket rather. Sarakis gay somebori#Rolling my eyes.

  3. Prince

    April 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    SSA on Youth my ass. what youth, the ones in his village or the ones in his house. oshi-ara

  4. nonye

    April 28, 2016 at 2:48 am

    it’s like this bella naija is fraud or am not patient enough to knw if my comment will be posted, which one is it? or the admin is anti-IKENGA

  5. tony

    May 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The comments above represents the typical nigerian mindset, reason the country remains in the gutter of humanity in all spheres. You dont need to like the guy or beleive wether he really represents youth or not. What you should be worried about is the impunity with which the DSS now arrests anyone who is opposed to their political paymaster for no other reason other than vendetta in a democracy. This represents a throwback to military regimes and an eggregious violation of human rights. Supporting injustice because you dont like the face of the guy or his politics does not demonstrate any principles. Tommorow it could be you. We should always condemn what is wrong even if our enemy is the victim. That is the only way we can get a normal country where are rights are respected.

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