The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh was arrested yesterday in Awka, Anambra State by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and taken to their headquarters in Abuja by road.
According to a source, Chief Umeh was invited to the headquarters of DSS at Amawbia, in Awka, and after about two hours, he was taken out of the office in a pick-up van en-route Abuja.
Chief Umeh’s media aide, Stan Okeke, confirmed his arrest in Enugu.
Officials of the DSS arrested Umeh at his residence following a petition by political leaders from Anambra state allegedly led by former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Obi that he is sponsoring the activities of the IPOB and MASSOB. Contrary to reports, Umeh was not handcuffed and was not flown to Abuja. They traveled by road and as I speak with you.
However, the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has strongly denied having anything to do with Umeh’s arrest. Obi, who said he had been inundated with calls over the issue, vehemently rejected the insinuations.
The former governor, while speaking with THISDAY, warned those behind the rumours to stop linking him with Umeh’s ordeal.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State on Tuesday announced the indefinite postponement of the rerun election for Anambra Central senatorial district earlier scheduled for March 5.
According to Dr. Lawrence Azubuike, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, who announced the postponement at a stakeholders’ meeting of registered political parties with the commission at the Women Development Centre in Awka, the postponement was as a result of an order from a Federal High Court in Abuja that the commission should include the People Democratic Party (PDP) as one of the parties to contest the election.