Release Kumanwee Now, APC Demands
•Says his detention is political
By Nwaorgu Faustinus
April 1st, 2015
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has
demanded the immediate release of one of its chieftains
and member of Bera Council of Chiefs and Elders, Chief
Baribor Kumanwee, who was arrested and kept
incommunicado after being detained by the police in Bori
based at the instigation of the State Chapter of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Information available to us indicates that Chief
Kumanwee was arrested on Sunday, 29th March, 2015 after
being beaten by a PDP chieftain, Mr. Dumbari Dimkpa,
assisted by his brother, Mr. Promise Dimkpa, and their
thugs to state of stupor. If not for divine
intervention, Chief Kumanwee would have lost his life in
the process. His only offence is that he is an ally of
Senator Magnus Abe. The innocent man is being tortured
in a bid to force him to make a confessional statement
to implicate Senator Abe in the recent destruction of
properties in Bori,” Rivers APC said in a statement
issued this morning in Port Harcourt by the State
Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
Dr. Ikanya disclosed that Chief Kumanwee is currently
seriously sick in the custody of the State Security
Investigation Bureau (SSIB) and may die if his
unwarranted ordeal is not cut short.
“We will not fold our hands and allow this innocent man
to die like other APC chieftains that died while being
detained for political reasons. Chief Kumanwee’s arrest
is political aimed at bringing the reputation of Senator
Abe into disrepute. We therefore ask for his immediate
release,” Rivers APC said.
Continuing, the party said: “We all aware of the effort
that Senator Abe is a man of peace and can’t be involved
in any act of violence let alone of ordering the
destruction of anybody’s property so this current effort
to tarnish his image is an effort in futility”.