The Coalition of United Progressives Parties (CUPP) on Friday alleged that Tunde Ayeni, the former Chairman of Skye Bank has been poisoned while being detained at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and rushed to a yet to be disclosed medical facility for treatment.

The CUPP said the EFCC had secretly arrested Mr. Ayeni, who is a close ally of the consensus opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

According to a statement by Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, 1st National spokesperson of the CUPP, the opposition parties claimed that there is a grand plot to silence Ayeni so that the truth of how the family and cronies of President Muhammadu Buhari acquired Skye Bank will not eventually be known by Nigerians.

The parties therefore called for the immediate release of Mr. Ayeni from EFCC custody to his family for proper medical attention and that the case against him should be charged to court immediately if indeed there is anything found against him.

The statement reads partly, “This attitude towards the friends, supporters and allies of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is condemnable, despotic, undemocratic and must be stopped without any further delay.

” if the EFCC Chairman in his usual over-zealousness to please the President has begun the government agenda of also stuffing Nigerians into body bags, then the international community is hereby called upon to place him on close and careful watch and list his name for possible prosecution for crimes against humanity. Mr. Ayeni is a political prisoner. His continued detention will eternally bug the conscience of his oppressors.”

The CUPP spokesman also claimed that the EFCC has been handed down a list of 45 opposition leaders to invite, arrest, detain and restrain before the opening of polls on 16th February.

According to him, the list includes names Alhaji Sule Lamido, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Hon. Luke Onofiok,Saraki, Chidoka,Ikenga Imo ugochinyere,Chief Achike Udenwa, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, Mr. Abba Moro, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema and a host of others.

“All this intimidation will not help a President who has been rejected by the people. Arrest everybody, put us all in body bags, but Nigerians have a date with destiny on 16th February to reclaim our country and get it working again, ” he said

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