ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI
Still on the case of Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein, the officer who criticize the service chiefs over the spike in insecurity confronting Nigeria, while The House of Representatives has begun the process to rescue a soldier.
Thursday, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, moved a motion to call for Idakpein’s rescue.
It was titled, ‘A Call on the Nigerian Army to Release Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein from Arrest on the Basis of His Expressed Opinion.’
According to Elumelu,
“The House is disturbed that though Section 122 of the Armed Forces Act forbids the military from perpetually detaining any officer, Lance Corporal Martins ldakpein has been held in detention till date and his wife who tried to secure his release has also been detained.
“This is an affront to the letters of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which guarantees the fundamental human rights of citizens.”
However, the House asked that “ldakpein should be brought before the relevant House committees and the leadership, to brief them of the happening in the northern part of the country.”