- DSS confirmed that they have arrested one Ben Bako, a PDP campaign official
- The PDP campaign spokesperson was reportedly caught on video inciting violence
- The DSS said his statement could lead to breakdown of law and order
The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of the director general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign, Ben Bako, for allegedly inciting violence at the party's rally.
Daily Trust reports that the Kaduna state command of the DSS said the PDP campaign spokesperson in the state was caught on video saying anyone who failed to vote the PDP be killed.
Although the PDP claimed the arrest was a plot by the All Progressives Congress to clamp down on opposition, the DSS insisted the arrest was because the utterances could affect law and order.
The DSS said: “On the 9th February, 2019, this service invited Mr. Ben Bako to shed more light on his inciting statement and call for violence in the state. Earlier, on the 7th February, 2019 Bako had addressed a rally at Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.
“During the rally, Bako was recorded calling his followers to kill anybody that votes for any party other than the PDP. The video has already gone viral through the social media.
“Bako, a former commissioner for Information in this state and a leader in his own right made this call along with other inciting statements at Kafanchan, deliberately with the intention to cause violence in the state.
“This development, if left unchecked, could lead to complete breakdown of law and order in this state and beyond. Consequently, Bako is under investigation by the service and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
“Other people with similar tendencies are also being investigated and would equally face the same fate if found culpable.
“The service assures the good people of Kaduna state that in collaboration with sister security agencies, it would ensure that citizens are free to exercise their right to freedom of association and choice without hindrance.”
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna on Monday, February 11,confirmed that operatives of Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested the party’s former chairman, Alhaji Yaro Makama.
The publicity secretary of the party in the state, Abraham Catoh, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
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