Saturday, 9 April 2011

News Release: Kidnap Of Kayode Ajulo Is Political, Heinous And Ominous

Kayode Ajulo
We, in the Transform Nigeria Movement, have learned with disbelief the kidnap of the Labour Party Senatorial candidate for the FCT, Barrister Kayode Ajulo, by some yet-to-be identified gang. Apart from sharing the concern of all well-meaning Nigerians on this unfortunate development, Kayode Ajulo also happens to be a trustee of the Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM).

We seriously note that when the threats to his life became rife through mysterious phone calls, Barr. Ajulo had promptly reported the ugly development to the police. We are equally saddened that neither the police nor any other security agency took any measure to preempt what has eventually happened.

For the avoidance of doubt, Kayode Ajulo is a very visible human rights activist and a voice of the voiceless, a credential that won him the trusteeship of Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM) and adoration of many Nigerians. To the best of our knowledge, the sin Barr. Ajulo may have committed is his decision to involve in politics, particularly by contesting to go to the Senate to further avail the Nigerian society his commitment and vision through transformational legislation and legislative activism.

We have no doubt that it to ensure that his dream of better Nigeria does not materialize with him as a senator that his abductors took him away just 2 days to the polls. This portends grave dangers for the nation’s democracy.

We do not only condemn his kidnap as heinous and ominous, we also condemn the inaction of the police where he had gone to lay his complaint of the threat to his life.

We warn strongly that nothing should happen to Kayode Ajulo and also call on the same police to rise to the challenge of finding Kayode Ajulo and tracking down his abdicators and bringing them to book.
We also regret that the National Assembly election is taking place without him, a development calculated to weaken his chances of emerging a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We request the Human Rights community in Nigeria and everywhere to continue to raise their voice in unison in condemning the dastardly act and do more to stop its occurrence. For if the hoodlums are allowed to get away with this, it has the propensity to spread to other parts of the country. On no account should politicians be allowed to kidnap their opponents before elections as a way of ensuring victory at all costs.
An injustice to one is injustice to all, so speak out!

Law Mefor
National Coordinator,
Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM)