Wife of Ibrahim Safiu

Aishat Oyiza, the wife of Ibrahim  Safiu, one of the persons arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) at Trademore Estate at Lugbe Abuja in October, is begging for the release of her husband after 31 days in detention.



Aishat said she has not been given access to see or talk to her husband, Ibrahim Safiu, and her brother since they were arrested in October.

She lamented that since her husband’s arrest and detention, the DSS has not taken him to court or given him access to a lawyer.

Aishat said her National Youth Service Corps programme has been put on hold due to the incident.

Wife of Ibrahim Safiu
Aishat Oyiza, the wife of Ibrahim Safiu

She lamented that her brother, Yusuf Abdulrahman, a business administration student of Nasarawa Polytechnic, who was also taken away by the security operatives, has been missing out on his studies.

She accused Kogi State government of been responsible for the abduction of her husband, noting that the only people her husband had a problem with is the Kogi State Governor and his Chief of Staff.

Aishat explained that her husband organised a program recently tagged ‘Say No to Violence in Ebira Land’. After the program, he started receiving threats from Kogi State Government, after which he defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

She said, “I have not been able to see or talk to my husband and my brother since they were arrested 26 days ago. They have refused to take them to court or give them access to a lawyer.

“On the 3rd of November 2022, Abu Muazu Esq of F. S. Jimba & Co went to inquire about them and he was told by the DSS officials that they are going to call for family or lawyer to come and bail them from Friday, November 4, 2022 to Monday, November 7, 2022.

“So on Monday, I went with the lawyer to the DSS office for follow-up since we did not get any call from my brother and his in-law.

“They denied us entry into the DSS premises from the gate at the mention of his name. We heard that they have transferred them from the DSS state facility in Asokoro to their headquarters in Maitama. We went there but they didn’t allow us to enter.

“My National Youth Service Corps programme is on hold since I can’t access my phone where I have my call-up code.

“The code was sent to my email and I can only access my mail through my phone because I can’t remember my password. And our phones were taken away by the DSS.”

“My brother, Yusuf Abdulrahman, who was also taken away by the security men is a business administration student of Nasarawa Polytechnic National Diploma. Yusuf has not been able to go back to school for his academic activities.

“My husband is not a troublemaker, but only has issues with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. The only people my husband had a problem with the Kogi State Governor and his Chief of Staff.

“He organized a program recently tagged ‘Say No to Violence in Ebira Land’. After the program, he started receiving threats from Kogi State Government, after which he defected to PDP,” she added.

Ibrahim Shafiu, was arrested by the DSS at Trademore Estate in Abuja by the operatives of Department of State Services in October.

Aishat, a mother of two, narrated how the gunmen dealt with her and other persons with her during the operation. She said they tied them and ordered them to lie down.

She said; “The gunmen wore black and were all masked up, but I can recognize two white men among them.

“We were six when they came in, my mother-in-law, my brother, my two children and my neighbour’s kid.

“They rough handled all of us tied us and ordered us to lie down including my sick mother-in-law who just came to Abuja for treatment and my children.

“They scattered our house and went away with my younger brother, Yusuf Abdulrahman who is an ND 2, Business administration student of Nasarawa Polytechnic.

“My brother was even about to go for clearance before the incident.

“They also went away with my mother-in-law’s purse and recharge cards, my money which is up to 350,000 thousand, a laptop and all our phones.

“My husband is not a troublemaker, but only has issues with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. The only people my husband had a problem with the Kogi State Governor and his Chief of Staff.

“He organized a program recently tagged ‘Say No to Violence in Ebira Land’. After the program, he started receiving threats from Kogi State Government, after which he defected to PDP.”

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