The firm of Emeka Uchegbulam & Co has requested the intervention of the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki over the continued detention of one Mr. Selky Kile Torughedi (Young Shall Grow) by the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a copy of the petition made available to journalists recently, Barrister Emeka Uchegbulam questioned the rationale behind the continued detention of his client in the last seven months despite a court judgment that he should be unconditionally released.
“on the 17th of June 2016, at about 1am, more than ten heavily armed men in black uniform and in hood drawn over their faces broke into his house, and dragged him from his bed, beat him up, handcuffed him in the presence of his wife and very young children and bundled him into a waiting vehicle and took him away” the petition reads.
It further added that the DSS had “flagrantly dehumanized and abused Selky’s rights by lying that they have succeeded in arresting one of the members of Niger Delta Avengers and a close associate of Tompolo.”
“Days after, the Niger Delta Avengers came in and denied the said allegation Selky is their member. Even Tompolo also denied being a close associate of Mr. Selky Torughedi.”
It would be recalled that upon arraignment of Mr. Selky Kile Torghedi by the DSS in the Federal High Court presided by Hon. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/466/2016, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered the immediate release of Selky Torughedi.
In a similar vein, a petition had been written to Amnesty International seeking intervention in the continued detention of Mr. Selky Torughedi despite a court order for his immediate release. It would be recalled that Mr. Selky Torughedi was accused of being a member of the Niger Delta Avengers by the DSS, a claim the Niger Delta Avengers have refuted on several occasions. It remains unclear why the DSS has continued to keep Mr. Selky Torughedi in detention despite a lack of evidence and a court order for his immediate release.
Below is the petition;