IBB Denies Involevement, Says It Is Politics of Coersion
The Director General of the IBB 2011 Presidential Campaign Organization, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi was invited Sunday, 3rd October 2010 by the State Security Services [SSS] to report to their headquarters by 11am Monday, 4th October 2010. As a law-abiding citizen, he promptly complied and reported to the State Security Services headquarters by 10:00 am this morning as directed.
Between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm this evening Monday 4th October 2010, all telephone calls placed to him were unanswered. The Campaign Organization dispatched a high-powered delegation comprising four directors of the Campaign Organization and his personal Lawyer to enquire as to his whereabouts. The delegation was denied access to High Chief Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and had to return to the Campaign office at about 6.50pm. No reason has been given whatsoever by the State Security Services for his invitation, and detention, neither is his whereabouts known.
As at the time of writing this statement [7.50pm], High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has been denied access by the SSS to his family, personal Physician, Lawyers, and the Campaign Organization. As we write, his family is worried, and deeply concerned for his safety, health and his well being. In addition, his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are being violated. High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is a well respected and patriotic Nigerian who has continued to contribute selflessly to the growth, development and stability of the Nigerian nation.
The IBB 2011 CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION hereby condemns in the strongest terms the detention of its Director General and calls for his immediate release. We wish to draw the attention of local and international communities to the growing politics of intolerance, intimidation, coercion, persecution and harassment in spite of the avowed commitment to the rule of law by the present administration.
We call on the security agencies of the country not to allow themselves to be used as tools to settle political scores particularly on simple intra-party contest.
Senator Mahmud Kanti Bello