DSS wants to arrest me, CUPP’s spokesman alleges

The first national spokesperson, Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere, on Thursday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by men of the Department of State Services to arrest him.

Ugochinyere raised the alarm at a press conference in Abuja.

He said the plan was to arrest him and keep him away until after elections.

He said his problem was because he was in possession of copies of asset declaration forms of some top government officials, including that of the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

He said he had earlier been approached on the need for him to reduce his opposition to the government.

Ugochinyere said, “It is important that the world take note of this. Just about two hours ago, I was informed the DSS had perfected arrangements to arrest me any moment from now.

“It is important that I tell the world the reason behind this move. I have been approached by people in government to reduce the level of my opposition to government , but I cannot betray the trust of the people.

“The problem is that they are aware that the opposition parties are in possession of asset declaration forms of key members of the administration, especially that of the Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.

“What they want to do is to stop me from releasing those documents.”

Ugochinyere claimed that a review of the forms showed that the affected ministers did not make full disclosure in their assets.


He claimed that the government did not want such documents published because that was the same reason cited to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.