Detained Senior Special Assistant to the Senate President on Youth and Students Matters,Barr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, has been on hunger strike since his arrest three days ago, said the family.
Ugochinyere, according to the family, at a press conference yesterday, has refused any food or water brought to him by the Department of State Service, DSS.
The detained activist brother, Obinna Ikeagwuonu, who read a prepared text to newsmen, said they have been denied taking food or water to the detained President of National Youth Council of Nigeria, saying the development had taken a toll on his health.
To this end, they have demanded an unconditional release of their son.
The family said teeming youths across the country have been calling to know the fate of their leader just as it said it had limited strength to withstand this pressure if Nigeria youths want to approach the State and demand for the whereabouts of their president.
“Unofficial information reaching his family confirmed that Barrister Ikenga was interrogated on two issues-a petition authored by the Minister of Youths and Sports Development Barr. Solomon Dalung who was indefinitely suspended from the Board of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, a body over which Ikenga is President.
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He described the arrest of his brother as illegal and the height of impunity, noting that the security agency must be held responsible for whatever happens to his brother.
“If truly this is one of the questions for which he is illegally detained without access to food, water, legal and medical assistance, then that is impunity at the highest level and we condemn it.
“Ikenga we are informed has not been shown any petition so far.
“He (Ikenga) was alleged to be working with people who the state is not happy with. If these people who the state is not happy with refer to the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, then Ikenga has this message for his captors that he is proud of his relationship and association with Dr. Saraki and is bold to stand by him. Ikenga will not deny Saraki because of oppression of the state,”he added.