Chief Edwin Clark has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the detention of Henry Okah who is being detained in Angola by the country’s government for alleged gun running. Clark said the silence of government on the detention of Okah is a violation of some parts of the Nigerian constitution, as it relates to fundamental human rights of the citizens.
Clark, who addressed journalists in Abuja yesterday pleaded with President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to personally intervene in the case to secure Okah release.
“The continued detention of Okah is agitating the youth in the Niger Delta, as they believe that the same could happen to them, as it is happening to Okah.” Clark said
According to Clark, “the said Henry Okah is one of the youth leaders of the Niger Delta and was one of the key figures in the commencement of dialogue towards peace with the present government. It is on the score of this that the Vice President travelled to South Africa to meet him.”
“The early conclusion of the Okah matter will go a long way to contribute to the efforts at fighting peace and security in the Niger Delta” Clark said.
He also said that countries, including Nigeria under the international law have a duty to defend and protect their citizens, wondering why Nigeria is keeping silence on the Okah issue.