7 February 2013

Nigeria: Kuku Not Involved in Boyloaf's Arrest - Amnesty Office

Lagos — The Presidential Amnesty Office has denied report that the chairman of Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, was involved in last Sunday's arrest and detention of one of the leaders of the former agitators in the Niger Delta, Ebikabowei Victor-Ben (aka Boyloaf) and one other person over an incident at the arrival lounge of the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Head, Media and Communications, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Amnesty Office said the incident that led to their arrest was misrepresented in some reports, which purported that Kuku, was involved in an altercation with Boyloaf at the Lagos airport.

According to the statement, "Kuku was nowhere near the airport at the time his Special Assistant (Special Duties), Mr. Henry Ugbolue, was attacked by Boyloaf and two others, which led to their arrest and detention by the police.

"For purposes of clarity, the unprovoked assault on Mr Ugbolue had nothing to do with Mr Kuku or the amnesty programme. The facts about the incident have been documented by men of the Nigeria Police at the Lagos State Command, Ikeja, where Boyloaf signed an undertaking before he was released on Sunday."

Kuku added that anyone claiming that he was using the police or the Inspector-General of Police to "derail the amnesty programme" (whatever that means) have no reason to be afraid if they do not breach the laws of the country.

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