The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has condemned what it called the unfair detention of the senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, over his inability to produce the former chairman of the defunct pension reformed task team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Maina had jumped bail in respect of his ongoing N2bn money laundering trial.
In a statement issued by its national president, Yerima Shettima said it found the arrest and remand in the prison of Senator Ndume because fugitive Abdurrashid Maina had jumped bail, as unfair.
The AYCF said that although it is not denying whether Abdurrashid Maina committed offence or not, it believes it amounts to setting bad example if Senator Abaribe who stood surety for terrorist Nnamdi Kanu is still walking the streets as a free man.
The statement said:
“We cannot fathom why Senator Abaribe, who secured bail for IPOB’s Kanu whose action has since been declared treasonable and terror to the country (and still on the run) has never ever been sanctioned for standing surety.
“In the interest of equity, fairness and balance, Senator Abaribe should be immediately arrested and remanded in prison too, until IPOB’s Kanu is turned it or he turns himself in. Both Ndume and Abaribe are senators of the federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore Abaribe cannot be said to be higher in status than Ndume. Both are lawmakers by the grace of our national constitution and the votes of their constituents.”
The group said that it has a duty to demonstrate that no one citizen is above the other in Nigeria, adding that Ndume’s case is such that Maina is still a “suspect” being tried by the law and no sentence has yet been handed down by any court of competent jurisdiction.
“Still, this cannot be said of Nnamdi Kanu and his treason case. We are therefore very disturbed that this is happening to Ndume at a moment democratic power is mainly in the hands of people from Ndume’s immediate constituency. It is this kind of development that gives room for people to accuse the federal government of selective application of justice.
“We, therefore, call on President Buhari to intervene and put an end to this embarrassing selectivity against one of the north’s exceptionally-vocal, fearless and pro-masses member of the National Assembly.”
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