According to reports making rounds, Peoples Democratic Party campaign spokesman in Kaduna State, Mr. Ben Bako has been arrested by the Nigerian secret police, DSS. According to a Punch report, Security operatives said to be men of the Department of State Services arrested the Peoples Democratic Party campaign spokesman in Kaduna State on Saturday night, Bako, who himself was a former Information Commissioner in the state under the PDP administration, was reportedly whisked to Abuja after his arrested on Saturday night by the operatives of the secret Police.
No reasons have been given by the agency or the government for the arrest, the Deputy Director of the Campaign Council, Danjuma Sarki, has confirmed the arrest, and has called for the immediate release of the PDP spokesman.
During a press conference at the campaign office of the party after Bako’s arrest; on Sunday; Sarki said that Bako was invited to report at the office of the Department of State Service, and upon presenting himself, he was arrested without any reason given and whisked away to Abuja later in the day. He expressed concern over the neutrality of some of the security agencies in the state.
“As a law abiding citizen with nothing to fear or hide, Mr. Bako dutifully honoured the invitation of the DSS after informing many members of the campaign team.
“He was kept incommunicado for several hours and finally whisked to Abuja in the late hours of last night (Saturday).”
Sarki called on local and international observers to take special interest in Kaduna before, during and after the election, because according to Sarki, the PDP was committed to violence-free polls, he added that no amount of intimidation would deter the party from protecting members’ rights to vote in the Saturday poll.