A Nigerian girl residing in the UK, Perfecta Da Zion Umoh, has accused the Akwa Ibom State authorities of illegally detaining her husband.
Perfecta stated her husband, Da Zion Umoh, who criticises poor efficiency of presidency officers within the state, was sued by the deputy governor on costs of conspiracy and menace to life over certainly one of his Fb posts.
In response to her, Da Zion was arrested on December 22, 2020 after honouring an invite to debate a petition at Ikot Ekpene Police Station; three days after their wedding ceremony.
She claimed he was arrested with out warrant and locked up at Akwa Ibom State Police Headquarters jail for 3 days with out being charged to courtroom or granted bail.
“The police claimed the arrest was made based mostly on a petition written towards Da Zion Umoh by the deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State,” she submitted.
Perfecta stated her husband was launched after the police seized his passport, just for him to be rearrested on December 30 upon honouring an invite by the assistant commissioner of police for a ‘dialogue’.
She stated her husband had taken ailing earlier than then and was simply recovering when he was detained and that regardless of his legal professionals’ presentation of his medical report, Umoh was not launched.
She wrote, “In December 2020, I travelled with my husband, then fiancé, Da Zion Umoh (who’s resident in Texas, USA) to Nigeria to get married.
“My husband is widespread on Fb for constantly calling out dangerous governance and nonperforming authorities officers in Akwa Ibom State, and had prior to now criticised the deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State for his nonperformance. That is along with lending a serving to hand to folks in want and actively working to safe freedom for folks being oppressed by the state within the type of unlawful detentions.
“We acquired married on nineteenth December, 2020. Three days after, on twenty second December, 2020, my husband, Da Zion Umoh, was invited to debate a petition at Ikot Ekpene Police Station. As a regulation abiding particular person, he honoured the invitation. He was then arrested with out warrant and locked up at Akwa Ibom State Police Headquarters jail (state CID) for 3 days. He was neither charged to courtroom nor allowed bail. The police claimed the arrest was made based mostly on a petition written towards Da Zion Umoh by the deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State.
“On the night of twenty fourth December, 2020, Da Zion Umoh was allowed bail by the police with one of many situations of his bail being seizure of his US passport. The police had no courtroom order to again up this request for Zion’s passport however due to the situations of the overcrowded jail and our concern for Zion’s well being in these coronavirus occasions, we handed over Zion’s US passport to the police below duress.
“On twenty seventh December, Zion turned very ailing and was taken to the hospital the subsequent day. He was admitted for the day and required to proceed with the mattress relaxation and return to the hospital for the remainder of the prescribed injectables over the subsequent couple of days.
“On twenty ninth December, Zion was required to return to the police station, we knowledgeable the police that he was ailing. Males of the police had been instructed to go to the hospital and confirm this, which they did.
“On thirtieth December, Zion requested me to return to the UK as he believed it was now not secure for me in Nigeria. On the identical thirtieth, Zion was invited by the assistant commissioner of police to the police station for a ‘dialogue’. He went to the station from the hospital and was illegally arrested once more, regardless of his legal professionals presenting his medical report displaying he was not in good well being to be held within the unsanitary overcrowded jail. He was rearrested despite the fact that he had not violated any situations of his earlier bail. The police nonetheless have his US passport.
“Da Zion Umoh was arraigned in a Justice of the Peace courtroom the subsequent day and the Justice of the Peace was offered with bogus costs of conspiracy and menace to life, they stated the deputy governor felt threatened by one of many posts he made.
“The Justice of the Peace determined (as we already anticipated), that she couldn’t hear the fees and ordered Zion to be remanded in jail; she allowed the state 14 days to file info on their costs in the precise courtroom. Da Zion Umoh was then remanded in jail for nothing apart from paper costs.
“14 days have come and gone, the state appeared earlier than the Justice of the Peace empty-handed on 15 January, 2021, to say that they had been coping with the US embassy and never had time to arrange info on their bogus costs. They had been allowed extra time to file info on their costs whereas Zion remained in custody.
“We already knew that this was the delay tactic the state deliberate to make use of; they’ve used this to unjustly maintain different dissenting voices in Akwa Ibom State in custody for months and months.
“On the twenty sixth January, 2021, we went for Zion’s bail listening to and had been knowledgeable that the state had now filed a brand new much more bogus cost of terrorism, dropping the previous – nonetheless not supported – costs; the bail listening to couldn’t proceed.
“Zion’s rights have been repeatedly abused since his first arrest on twenty second December 2020, three days after our wedding ceremony. Akwa Ibom State authorities has determined to make use of taxpayers’ cash and our communal assets to play the infantile sport of conspiring and interesting in illegalities to maintain Da Zion Umoh quiet.
“Why so afraid of Da Zion Umoh? Fact is bitter and weak males worry it. We aren’t fazed. We are going to prevail. Previous to this, I’ve principally been quiet on social media however I really feel a bit comfy as a result of I’m within the UK now, ” she instructed SaharaReporters.