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Popular Enugu lawyer, Chief OAU Onyema has written the Department of State Service, DSS, seeking the immediate release on bail of the chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming local government election in Enugu State, Mr Ugulu O. Ugulu who was arrested by the Department of State Service, DSS on the December 21, 2023 alongside his son, a serving NYSC member.

In a letter dated January 2, 2024 and addressed to the State Director of the DSS, Barr. Onyema asked for the release of the detained father and son pending the outcome of investigation.

He recalled how the family received a phone call on December 20, 2023, inviting Mr. Ugulu to the DSS office in Enugu the following day, which he honoured.

“Since then, there has been no contact with the detained individuals, causing distress for their family.”

He raised concerns about the potential political motivation behind the arrest, given Mr. Ugulu’s involvement in the upcoming Enugu State LGA Chairmanship Election.


Onyema in his letter emphasized the violation of the fundamental human rights of his clients during the festive season.

He called for a timely review of the application, hoping for a swift resolution of whatever issues that may have warranted the arrest and detention.

“Sir, our client stated that on the 20th day of December 2023, their husband/father Mr Ugulu Okafor Ugulu received phone calls from your men which enquired whether he is Mr Ugulu, the PDP CHAIRMANSHIP ASPIRANT for the forthcoming Enugu State LG CHAIRMANSHIP Election slated for February 2024, and he answered in the affirmative. And in the discussion that they had on telephone, while Mr Ugulu was eating with his wife, they invited him to the DSS office at Enugu next day being 21st day of December 2023.

“On the said 21st day of December 2023, MR UGULU O. UGULU was driven to the office of DSS at GRA Enugu by his son who is a serving Corp member, who returned from his station for the yuletide, called MR EBUBECHUKWU PATRICK OKAFOR.

“Since the 21st day of December 2023 when they drove into the compound of the DSS Enugu ( where their car – Mercedes Benz 190 model with Reg No: Kaduna AA 921 DKA is currently parked) they have not seen or heard from them.

“This incident became a great source of worry to the family who have tried severally to be allowed to see them in vain. They only see from the gate their car where it is parked inside the compound of the Enugu DSS, till this date.

“Indeed, our clients are at loss, what must have happened, as they know that their father and son are not criminals; and they are confused as to why they were arrested and detained since 21st day of December, 2023, and they strongly suspect that any allegation against them is politically motivated, so as to frustrate him from meeting the requirement of his Political Party ( PDP) before the dead-lines.

“Mr Ugulu O. Ugulu is a well known Politician and former ADMINISTRATOR OF MBANABO SOUTH DEV. AREA in Enugu State; as well as former Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Enugu State.”

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