Group demands release of NATCOM Ag.DG from detention


Tinubu Shettima Divine Mandate Initiative (TSDMI) has urged the release of Mr Adejare Adegbenro, Acting Director-General, National Commission for the Co-ordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons (NATCOM).

Adegbenro was said to have been allegedly detained by the security agency since April 26, following a petition by some group within the organisation.

Mr Mutiu Abolade, the South West Zonal Coordinator, TSDMI, called for his release at a news conference in Abuja on Saturday.

He called on President Bola Tinubu to help facilitate the release of Adegbenro, who is their grand patron.

He described Adegbenro as a respected diplomat and a peace, security, and progress advocate, adding that he had been deprived of his freedom for far too long.

“His detention violates not only his fundamental human rights but also flagrantly disregards the principles outlined in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, of which Nigeria is a signatory..”

He said the group strongly condemned the blatant violation of Adegbenro’s rights and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

“Adegbenro, as our Grand Patron, has tirelessly dedicated himself to the renewed hope agenda of the President and to the service of our nation’’, he said.

He added that Adegbenro had fostered international cooperation and advanced Nigeria’s interests on the global stage.

“It is imperative that the rule of law and is adhered strictly based on international protocols by releasing Adegbenro without further delay.

“Justice must prevail, and the rights of every Nigerian citizen, especially distinguished diplomats like Ambassador Adegbenro, must be protected at all costs.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Adegbenro was arrested on April 26 in Abuja

He was arrested by men of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) of the Nigeria Police Force over alleged fraudulent activities , including job racketeering and impersonation.

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