Chief Tony Anenih, says the military administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari kept him in jail for 18 months between March 1984 and
August 1985 because he was a rich man.
1983, he went about arresting politicians arbitrarily..Anenih said,
“The military regime of General Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon threw me into
detention for 18 months on the basis of an anonymous petition that as a
prominent and wealthy politician and leader of the NPN in Bendel State,
the military administrator would not find his footing unless I was
removed from the scene.
“I was sent to Kirikiri Prisons where I spent three months before I was transferred to Ikoyi Prisons.”
“I must emphasise it again and again that I did nothing wrong to anyone,
the government or the state to merit a detention. My crime was that I
was a wealthy, influential and highly respected politician.”
former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2002, said while in
detention, he met other prominent politicians like former Governor
Lateef Jakande of Lagos State, former Governor Olabisi Onabanjo of Ogun
State; ex-Governor Bola Ige of old Oyo State; former Vice-President Alex
Ekwueme, ex-Governor Ambrose Alli of old Bendel State, Chief Solomon
Lar and many others.
governors who had sentenced some criminals to death were locked up in
the same cells.
“We were transferred to Ikoyi Prisons because of the riot that took
place while we were there. The condemned prisoners whose death warrants
had earlier been signed by Alhaji Lateef Jakande when he was governor of
Lagos State, broke loose on sighting him as one of the detainees.
broke out of their cells and headed towards the building where Jakande
and the rest of us detainees were kept. As the prisoners were attempting
to force the iron door open, mobile police were called in to quell the
politicians in detention, described the experience as hellish.
He added, “Where we were staying, the bucket latrines or toilets had
opening to the rooms. These buckets were emptied maybe once a week from
behind, and if for any reason the buckets were not emptied once a week
as the rule, you lived with the stench.
“At night, cockroaches, rats
and lizards passed through these holes housing the bucket latrines into
our cells after crawling on the buckets to disturb us. So, you could
really not sleep for one hour without getting cockroaches perch on you.”