CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS IN NIGERIA CONDEMN THE ARREST AND CONTINUED DETENTION OF REV. DAVID UGOLOR OVER THE SPURIOUS ALLEGATION OF MURDER OF COMRADE OLAITAN OYERINDE BY MEN OF NIGERIAN POLICE AND DEMAND HIS IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE.
We members of Civil Society Organisations represented hereunder are shocked that up till now Rev. Ugolor who was arrested on Friday July 27, 2012, is still being detained by men of the Nigerian police tagged “Federal SARS” over the callous allegation of the murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde. We are pained by the in human condition he has been subjected to like a common criminal since his arrest even as we believe strongly in his innocence .
We are aware that Rev Ugolor made frantic efforts to save the life of comrade Olaitan after he was shot by his assailants, when comrade Olaitan’s wife rushed to his house in the middle of the night to inform him of the unfortunate incident. Rev Ugolor without delay rushed comrade Olaitan to the Central Hospital, Benin City, to seek medical attention in order to save his life.
We have examined the situation and reached the conclusion that some faceless persons who feel threatened by the lawful activities of Rev Ugolor and his organization have planned to dent his image and rob him with the murder of comrade Olaitan. Such persons should know today that such action will raise the profile of Rev Ugolor against their selfish desires and wicked plot.
We attest to the fact that Rev David Ugolor is a man of integrity and unquestionable character who has always advocated a non-violent approach to societal development. He has engaged government across board both locally and internationally with this approach which has yielded positive results for the nation and the globalised world. His activism spans over two decades of coordinated, well articulated and result oriented activities acknowledged internationally.
We completely denounce his continued incarceration and demand his immediate and unconditional release so that he can re-unite with his family.
We urge security agents to fish out all those persons with such sinister motives who are behind this criminal conspiracy and bring them to justice to serve as deterrent to others.
We appeal to you to use your very good offices to ensure his immediate and unconditional release from detention.
Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice
Edo State Conference of NGOs (CONGOs)
South South Youth League
Downtrodden Forum For Development, DFFD
Niger Delta Youth Congress
Voice of the Masses
Gani Fawehinmi Movement for Good Governance
Pan Nigeria Youth Congress
Coalition of Edo Youth Organisations
Ijaw Youth Council
Olodiama Youth Movement
Edo Student Parliament
Edo State Ladies League
The New Nigeria Parliament
Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN)
Initiative for Youth Awareness on Development and Reintegration.
Craddle for Black Civilization
Women Environmental Programme
Charles and Doosurgh Abaagu Foundation
Community Emergency Response Initiative
Shacks and Slum Dwellers Association of Nigeria