Opinion: Emergency Activists, Gestapo and Goodluck Jonathan, By Simbo Olorunfemi


When under President Goodluck Jonathan, the DSS was deployed to Osun State on the eve of the election there and opposition politicians were selectively hounded and hurled into detention, it was an heroic act in accordance with the rule of law.

When Alhaji Lai Mohammed, close to the Government house, was pulled out of his car and taken into detention, it was perfectly in order. Marilyn Ogar told us that the man was found roaming about in an uncoordinated manner hence they had to put him in detention on the eve of the Osun election.

That was in keeping with rule of law under President Jonathan. The NBA did not see anything wrong with a Lawyer being so treated. No declaration of emergency by the NBA then.

Emboldened by the exploits in Osun, President Jonathan’s team led by Obanikoro, Adesiyan, Chris Uba proceeded to Ekiti State with the DSS and Soldiers to take people in the state hostage. It was obviously in accordance with the rule of law.

On the eve of the election, these men went to Bimbo Daramola’s house, put a gun to the heads of the people in the house, including his 87 year old father, as they searched desperately for my friend, whose sin was to have accepted to serve as the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation.

That was how the rule of law was enforced under the Hero known as President Jonathan. Hooded officers of DSS and soldiers were deployed to harass, intimidate and arrest politicians of the opposition party to make room for his own party to perfect rigging of the elections.

The NBA did not declare State of Emergency then. Emergency Activists, who we know neither know the meaning or etymology of the word did not say anything about allege GESTAPO action then. It is on the basis of the lawful arrest of people suspected of corrupt enrichment, who have now been granted bail in accordance with the provisions of the law, that emergency activists are misreading and misintepreting the law.

Deploying the DSS to harass opponents during election is in accordance with the rule of law. Deploying them to effect arrest of people suspected to have desecrated the temple of justice through corrupt acts is an act of impunity. Emergency Activists!

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