The Department of State Services (DSS) has detained the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, and Mohammed Audu, son of late Abubakar Audu, who died during the governorship election in the state, over growing security challenges.
According to reports, the political thugs of the two members of the All Progressives Congress have in recent times attacked people and disrupted political meetings across the state. Per Second News also revealed that prominent Kogi leaders perceived to be working for governor-elect Yahaya Bello have been attacked and intimidated by such thugs.
The DSS has therefore moved to stop the growing trend of attacks and the spate of political violence in the state by arresting the two men who already have several petitions against them.
They were on Saturday invited and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Duro Meseko, Director, Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, said the duo arrived the DSS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital at 10:00am and were kept in an office with assurances that an officer would attend to them only to keep them indefinitely.
“I’m surprised my Principal and the eldest son of our political leader, Mohammed are still being kept as I speak with you which is 4:00pm. What could be responsible for this ill treatment by the SSS?
“Or could they be acting the intimidation script? Trying to arms-twist them into abandoning the sacred mandate freely given to the Audu/Faleke team by the generality of Kogi people?
“Let me make it abundantly clear that our mandate is sacred and no amount of of technical detention, intimidation and harassment would shake our resolve to get justice through the judiciary.
“I refuse to believe that the presidency has hands in the arrest! But we may not rule out the fact that the power that be must have wielded their influence in the arrest, but we are not not perturbed over the development, because we believe that God ultimately vindicate us,” Meseko said.