A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Paul Ifere, has been arrested.

He was arrested on Thursday for alleged involvement in cultism and kidnapping.

Ifere, who was arrested in Abuja, was later transferred to Cross River State and is being held in a cell at the State Police Headquarters.

The APC Acting Chairman in the State, John Ochala said the arrest was political and not criminal as alleged.

Ochala revealed that Efere was arrested in Abuja, handcuffed and driven to Calabar where he was thrown into a cell without his lawyer and family members having knowledge of his whereabouts.

“If there is any challenge or you want to clarify anything from him, why don’t you invite him to the Police station, why do you go in a juxtapose manner to arrest a free citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, handcuff him as a common criminal.

“They did it in such a discreet manner, from Abuja to Calabar, he got here by 3am, Thursday. They wanted to bring him here without the knowledge of anybody and my fear is that they should not poison him in the Police custody.

"Anything that happens to him, it would be at the door steps of Governor Ben Ayade and the Police. It is very disheartening that in a democratic society such thing could still happen.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo confirmed that Paul was in Police custody and that he is a suspect on charges of kidnapping and cultism.

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