SWITZERLAND, JUNE 23 – Following a court judgement on Monday ordering his release, the Nigerian Police have released the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.
Ugochinyere, who was arrested last Thursday, had through his lawyer, Chibuzor Ezike, in an exparte motion dated June 19, 2020 prayed for an order for his unconditional release.
Justice Musa Ottoman, sitting in the Bwari Division of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja Monday granted Ugochinyere’s release and also reinforced the first order by restraining the police from arresting him again.
Mr Ugochinyere, a vocal critic of the Buhari administration, was arrested on Thursday. His detention may be related to a controversial claim he made about the infectious diseases bill.
Mr Ugochinyere had alleged that members of the House of Representatives were induced by the Bill Gates Foundation with a $10 million bribe to pass the controversial infectious diseases bill, a claim the foundation has denied.
The bill is also yet to to be passed by the lawmakers.
Having approached the court on May 7, Mr Ugochinyere alongside Action People’s Party (APP) asked the court to bar the House from proceeding with its plan to hold a hearing on the allegation of inducement.
Addressing journalists soon after he was released, the CUPP spokesperson expressed gratitude to everyone who campaigned for his release, saying that any efforts to silence the opposition will not work.
He said: ”I want to thank all the soldiers of rule of law. Those who believe that truth, accountability are sacrosanct. I dedicate this freedom to Nigeria Judiciary, for showing that every man is equal before the law and will get free treatment no matter who he or she is. I salute the media for letting our voices to be heard. I salute the political activist, social crusaders, former PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the former Senate President Bukola Saraki I thank them for speaking out.
”The rule of law has won today. This is not about me or what I represent. The parliament must seat up and hold the executive to accountability, that’s the only way they can prove they are not hallelujah boys. I salute the civil society organizations and everyone who spoke against this irrespective of our differences. All the attempts to silence us will not work, our voices will continue to be heard even if there’s a gun on my head I assure Nigerians I will continue speaking out.”