Mr. Monday Ubani, the immediate 2nd Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association is irked by the continuous detention of Mr. Emperor Ogbonna, a legal practitioner by the DSS for nearly a month after he was allegedly abducted, so to speak, from the Correctional Centre in Umuahia where he had been detained for over a month and half for alleged infraction of the Cybercrime Act by the former Commissioner of Police, Abia State, before being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Umuahia.
It would be recalled that Emperor Ogbonna Esq was alleged to have published on his Facebook wall that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia allegedly visited a shrine outside the country where he was said to have sworn to an oath of allegiance and secrecy to the former Governor of the State, Senator T.A Orji. This publication led to his arrest and prosecution before a magistrate court that has no jurisdiction for such cases.
Despite the zeal of the State Government officials to perpetually keep him in the correctional centre, having refused to charge him before the appropriate court with jurisdiction, the defendant through his team of lawyers made up principally of the members of the Aba Branch of the NBA stoutly fought and secured a liberal bail condition for the young man.
The story is that as the team of lawyers and relations were about to perfect the bail condition, the State Government and DSS officials in Umuahia allegedly stormed the court premises in a commando-style, seeking to abduct Mr. Ogbonna similar to what took place recently in Sowore Omoyele’s matter at the Federal High Court premises, Abuja, but this time, the Correctional Centre officials in Umuahia were awake and resisted them on the ground that the bail condition was not yet perfected.
Unfortunately, later in the evening, acting under pressure from known and unknown forces, the Correctional Centre officials allegedly released Mr. Emperor Ogbonna to the DSS officials in Umuahia who had kept him in illegal detention till date.
Mr. Ubani is therefore of the opinion that this is clearly a flagrant and unmitigated violation of the fundamental human rights of Mr. Emperor Ogbonna as donated by the supreme law of the land being the 1999 Constitution as Amended. The maximum period allowed by the constitution for the detention of a citizen is 48 hours and the reason for that long period is, if there is no court within certain radius for arraignment within 24 hours.
Mr. Ubani equally contends strongly that the continuous detention of Mr. Emperor Ogbonna, whether in Umuahia or Abuja for whatever offence, whether against the present, past Governor of the State or against the present President of Nigeria is a bailable offence for which this long detention is condemned in strongest terms.
He further states “that the DSS is permitted by the laws of the land to charge Mr. Emperor Ogbonna to a court of competent jurisdiction for any offence he is alleged to have committed at any place in Nigeria. However, his continuous detention without any charge or arraignment is “unlawful, unconstitutional and clearly satanic”.
He finally reminds tormentors of Mr. Ogbonna that they will never remain in government or service for ever and that whatever they sow today, they will reap in large quantity, whether here on earth or life hereafter. “It is only a matter of time”, he concluded.