The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of orchestrating the arrest of its spokesperson in Benue State, Bemgba Iortyom. Iortyom was reportedly arrested on Monday when he went for an appointment at the state security agency’s office.
Cornelius Hwande, the media consultant to the Benue PDP, who was present during the arrest, confirmed the incident. He stated, “As soon as we arrived, at about 2:11 pm, two gentlemen walked up to us, claiming to be from the office of the Director and took Bemgba Iortyom away.” Hwande expressed surprise at the arrest, emphasizing that it is unusual for the DSS to invite someone, especially a prominent opposition party’s Publicity Secretary, without a clear reason.
Hwande also raised concerns about the possible involvement of the state Governor, Hyacinth Alia, in the arrest. He remarked, “And with the recent remarks by the incumbent Governor Hyacinth Alia, it is difficult not to link him with this sudden invitation of Mr Iortyom by the DSS and his imminent detention.”