Ekundayo Adigun, the media aide to the detained leader of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Frontier, Austin Okai, has accused Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, of using the apparatus of government to frustrate Okai’s release.
In a statement he signed and issued to journalists in Abuja, Adigun alleged that governor Bello directed the state commissioner of Works, Lands and Housing, Abdulmumuni Sadiq, to withhold the endorsement of the land title documents needed to complete the bail condition given for the release of the detained PDP youth leader by a Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja
The statement reads in part: “Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has directed the state commissioner of Works, Lands and Housing, Abdulmumuni Sadiq, not to endorse the land title documents presented in fulfillment of the bail conditions given for the release of Austin Okai who has been remanded in Koton-Karfe Prisons for over one month.
“Such a negative directive does not augur well for the survival of democracy and the protection of rights to freedom of speech
“I call on members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Civil Society Groups, International community and well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of Okai and resist the efforts aimed at scuttling his release after a Federal High Court, Lokoja granted him bail penultimate week.”