A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and member of the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo has expressed appreciation to his family members and supporters following his release from detention.
Dagogo who spoke on Monday via a personally signed statement said he has forgiven all those responsible for his ordeal which made him spend 63 days in detention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The lawmaker said he went through the ordeal because some people lied against him but God proved his supremacy over oppressors of the innocent.
Naija News recalls Dagogo was arrested by police operatives on the 28th of April at the venue of the screening exercise for the PDP’s governorship aspirants in Port Harcourt.
He was detained by the police less than four days after the state Governor, Nyesom Wike declared him wanted for allegedly hiring suspected cultists to disrupt a screening exercise at the party secretariat.
After 63 days, he was granted bail by Justice Chiwendu Nworgu of the High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In his letter following his release from detention, Dagogo said he is innocent and appreciated all those who stood by him during the trying times.
“After spending 63 days in captivity over barefaced lies, I want to salute the courage and resilience of the gamut of persons, institutions and groups that stood for an innocent man,” he stated.
He said the commendable actions of his supporters can be compared to “ideas of one of the greatest of all French writers Voltaire, the Pseudonym used by Francois Marie Arouet, who vigorously as far back as the 17th Century propagated the need to safeguard innocent persons from the claws of tyrannical leaders, averse to contrary opinions, especially those that are at variance with their self serving pursuits.
“The depth of my appreciation knows no bounds and also extends to my legal team and other members of the revered legal profession that stood up and fought for a just cause.
“Specially, l further broaden my gratitude to my dear mother, my adorable wife, my kids, as well as other family members for their unwavering support. You all are my pillars that have remained strong like the Rock of Gibraltar”.
The lawmaker however said he has decided to forgive those responsible for his travails because his release is a victory for democracy and against those he described as powers of darkness who want to enslave the innocent.
“I have forgiven all transgressions and injustice against me and moved on. l deeply thank God Almighty for His providence, protection, and wisdom granted me, while the travails ensued and lasted.
“We shall continue to come in praise and thanksgiving to You for our victory over the evil powers of darkness, who have abjured our true God’s supremacy. Their despotic aim of wanting power is to use it to enslave and oppress the innocent,” Dagogo submitted.