It was seen by many as something done to humiliate him before the public. Some have perceived it as a political ploy by APC to humiliate the image of the main opposition PDP. But Ndigbo have seen it as a hallmark of consistent disrespect for an Igbo person by this government.
But the question should be asked what was the legal or security need of him appearing in court with handcuffs, something never done with others in this case? Why was his appearance special compared to that of Col. Dasuki, the main accused person in this case, which was why the entire case has been nicknamed Dasukigate and several others, who were never handcuffed?
The explanation offered by the prison officers and the Nigerian Prison Service does not hold water at all. To me it further stressed the allegations against the presidency.
Responding to allegations that the NPS was doing the bidding of the Presidency, Enobore stressed that Metuh was not maltreated in any way, explaining that handcuffing an inmate was a standard procedure, which the prison warden could employ based on the situation at hand.
He said, “Handcuffing an inmate is at the discretion of the officer in-charge, depending on the security situation, the environment and intelligence report available to the officer. Sometimes they look at the atmosphere and take the necessary decision.
“If you suspect that the atmosphere, security-wise, may not be conducive to the inmates in your custody, you can use handcuffs; to avoid a situation where you have to start telling stories, you use your discretion to study the environment and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the inmates in your custody.
“Remember that we not only try to secure the inmate from escaping, we equally provide protection for the inmate. The officer in-charge must ensure that the life of the inmate is not jeopardised. It is the officer in-charge of the escort that studies the security environment and takes the decision to use handcuffs”.
These explanations from the NPS here are indeed preposterous and reinforces the allegation that the orders from the presidency must have made the NPS to handcuff him.
By Ike A. Offor (IkeA.Offor@yahoo.com)