The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to the Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, is known for his fiery stance on socio-political issues especially as it affects Edo State. He recently has fallen out with his principal in what many see as a matter of which of the APC Gubernatorial aspirants he has chosen to support and perhaps the manner he may have gone about his position. He bares his mind to www.themidwestjournal.com‘s Ima’ Ero on his recent travails including his arrest and ongoing trial at the Magistrate Court in Benin City.
Tell us about your recent experience with the police
I was in my home on the 13th at about 6:20 am when about 25 armed policemen from the anti-cultism section of the Police Headquarters invaded in a commando style as if I was a “Boko Haram” Leader. I followed them to their office with my licensed double-barrel gun they saw with me. I was surprised that a petition was signed against me by my colleague (one Peter Okhiria) on the 12th of April and by the next day 13th April the police officers invaded my home without prior invitation which I refused to attend. I wrote my statement in line with the petition that states I was inciting the public against the government I work for because I simply asked questions when things were not going the way of a democratic system of governance.
Why do you think you were arrested?
My arrest was politically motivated and I was arrested simply because of my support for Dr. Pius Odubu who is the serving deputy governor and also a governorship aspirant for the upcoming 2016 election. And I wonder where our freedom to speech, freedom of association and freedom to fundamental human rights lie!
How was the treatment by the police?
The treatment by the police was fair but I was detained for 24 hours after which I was charged to Oredo magistrate court 4.
With the recent development are you still in the employ of the state Government and are you still the governor’s supporter?
For me, I am still in the employment of the government as the Senior Special Assistant on media and public affairs to the Edo State Governor because I still have with me my appointment letter and no termination letter in that regard.However my last month’s salary was not paid but I want to believe that the government probably do not have enough cash to pay some of us for that last month and hope to pay soonest because information reaching me has it that I am not the only appointee affected for the last month’s non-payment.
What is your take on the recent victory of Osaro Obazee, the Oredo Local Government Chairman?
For me, that was victory for democracy and rule of law. It was a show that the era of autocratic system or godfatherism in our democratic process is over in our State in particular and in the country generally.
What is your next line of action with the recent development?
We are in court already and waiting for the outcome, that will determine the next line of action. Thank you.