OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Committees on Defense and Army to interface with the leadership of the Nigeria Army to urgently release detained soldier, Lance Corporal Martins ldakpein, and his wife, Victoria.
The House also mandated its committee on Defense and Army to investigate the alleged detention of the soldier and his wife.
Martins had on June 23, 2020 in a video criticised security chiefs in the country for not doing enough to end terrorism and needless killings of citizens.
But on Thursday, the representatives resolved that Lance Corporal ldakpein should be brought before the relevant House committees and the leadership to brief on what is happening in the northern part of the country from information within his knowledge.
The above resolutions were sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance, titled, ‘A Call on the Nigeria Army to Release Lance Corporal Martins Idakpein from Arrest on the Basis of his Expressed Opinion’, brought by the Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu.
Moving the motion, Mr. Elumelu noted that on 22nd of June 2020, Lance Corporal Martins ldakpein from the 8th Division Sokoto of the Nigeria army made an online video wherein he condemned the lackadaisical attitude of security chiefs towards the incessant attacks and killings of innocent Nigerians by boko haram and other armed groups in the northern part of our country.
He said the security chiefs after seeing the video instead of buckling up and be up to their duties in protecting the country, the chief of army staff ordered that the soldier be arrested and moved from Sokoto to Abuja.
He expressed concerns that the military who are suppose to protect the territorial integrity as well as enforce the laws of our nation are in a habit of illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional detention of soldiers whenever they ask that the right things be done.
According him, ”though section 121 of the armed forces act, grants the military the restrictive powers to arrest its personnel but section 122(6) of the same act provides that such personnel is entitled to immediate release, unless the release will be a threat to national security and lance corporal Martins ldakpein has not proven to be a threat in any way.
“Lance Corporal ldakpein has been held in detention till date and his wife who tried to secure his release has also been detained too, 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.”
The motion was adopted when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question.