Ikenga Ugochinyere, a Special Adviser (Youth Matters) to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was on Thursday arrested by operatives of Department of State Services (DSS).
The Nation reports a source claimed that the DSS, acting on tip off, stormed the office “to stop a protest rally earlier fixed yesterday (Thursday) by Lawyers in Defence of Democracy” over the conduct of the Rivers State legislative rerun which took place on December 10 2016.
According to a source, the operatives arrived at the office at about 2AM in four Hilux trucks with inscriptions ‘DSS,’ ‘SARs’ and carted away documents.
“They (DSS) left a stern warning that no body should enter the premises,” the source added.
According to Barrister Ohazuruike Tochukwu, a member of the group, “armed security men suspected to be from DSS in the wee hours of Thursday invaded the office at Suite 29, Shaki Plaza, Area 11 Garki, and whisked away Barrister Ugochinyere, his driver and Secretary to unknown destination.
“This is the private law firm of National President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN). This place was invaded by DSS by 2AM this morning, while the National President and some staff were inside this place.
The security men guiding this place called us that some DSS men were here and they broke the place and took away the National President, his driver and secretary, one Oguchukwu.
The security men guiding the plaza said men wearing SARS uniform also came by 6 am after the DSS had left and warned them that no one should enter the office.
The security men guiding the plaza said men wearing SARS uniform also came by 6 am after the DSS had left and warned them that no one should enter the office,” Tochukwu added.
Tochukwu said that he confirmed from Ugochinyere and his driver, that it was the DSS that arrested him (Ugochinyere).
An Abuja High Court later awarded N20 million compensation to Ugochinyere for wrongful detention and damages, a ruling the DSS had appealed.