Michael Stephens, a Nigerian rapper better known as Ruggedman, has condemned the arrest of seven persons by the Delta State Police Command, saying that the arrest was allegedly masterminded by one Eyoh, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) deployed to the state.
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Ruggedman made the allegation in an open letter to Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Tuesday, in reaction to the arrest of the said persons.
According to Hafiz Inuwa, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, on Tuesday, the seven suspects invaded the office of the Operation Safe Delta, a unit of the state police command, situated in Asaba, the state capital, in a bid to aid an acquaintance of theirs escape police detention.
He added that they confessed to being members of the Vikings cultist confraternity.
But Ruggedman insisted that the arrested persons are colleagues of Harrisson Gwamnishus, an Asaba-based human rights activist, who had gone to the police station to secure bail for a colleague who is a member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, a civil rights group.
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He claimed that CSP Eyoh had participated in forcing the arrested persons to write incriminating statements under duress, accusing them of committing a crime they never did, adding that the police officer attempted a similar process to arrest Gwamnishus in 2018 but was unsuccessful.
“Your CSP Eyoh in Delta state is at it again. In 2018, in his failed attempt to justify his illegal arrest, detaining and torture of human rights activists Harrison Gwamnishu and his colleagues, he lied that they broke into his police station to attack the DPO. He lost that case woefully because he could not prove anything.
“This is 2020 and he has obviously not gotten over the shame, as he has detained colleagues of Harrisson Gwamnishus who went to the station to secure the bail of another person,” the letter read.
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The musician-cum-activist lamented that CSP Eyoh has allegedly deceived CP Inuwa with his manipulative tricks, noting that the police officer has no evidence to substantiate his allegations against the arrested persons.
The “Barage” and “Ruggedy Baba” crooner asked the Force PRO to ensure the investigation of CSP Eyoh, adding that he should be sued should he not have any substantive evidence against the arrested persons.
“If he does not have concrete proof of cult activity and all he has is the forced statements of innocent human rights activists, then he will be sued for the crime of false arrest, defamation of character and more.
“Kindly look into this and call this officer and the others who look like they have declared war on innocent Nigerians to order,” the letter reaad.