There have been widespread calls by Nigerians on social media to release Rafiu Ibrahim, a Kwara state PDP senator arrested by the police after been accused of killing four people.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, said officers of the Nigeria Police Force, arrested Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (representing Kwara South Constituency) ahead of Saturday’s elections.
Hon. Muideen Abdulrahman, Chairman, PDP Kwara South Youth Forum, raised the alarm in a statement Thursday night.
Abdulrahman said the action was a sign that the Police have decided to take sides against the opposition.
“The reason behind Senator Ibrahim’s arrest is currently unknown and reminiscent of last year’s arrest of Kwara PDP leaders in Kwara South constituency during the bye-election”, he noted.
“As at the time of this statement, Lola Ashiru, the candidate of the APC for the Kwara South Senatorial District, was holding a late-night rally, where he celebrated the arrest of Senator Ibrahim stating that the party had the “full support of the Government at the center.
“We, the youths of Kwara South Constituency, hereby call on the international community, specifically, observers who have come to witness the February 23rd election, to take note of the partisan and irresponsible antics of the Nigeria Police Force.
“We also call on all well-meaning Nigerians to join us to call for the release of Distinguished Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, who is known as a peace-loving and highly-performing legislator who always puts the needs of his constituents first and foremost.
“Additionally, we call on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to cease and desist from utilising institutions of state from harassing leading political figures in our state.
“Elections are not do or die affair, hence, all candidates should be free to test their popularity at the polls without fear of intimidation by men of the Nigerian Police who are sworn to ‘serve and protect’ all citizens irrespective of their party affiliation,” he said
Kwara State is a battleground state for the 2019 elections. It is set to be the scene of an epic battle between the entrenched Saraki dynasty and the ruling APC, who are hell bent on taking over the state.
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