A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, has revealed how he was jailed for 18 months by the military administration of Muhammadu Buhari between March 1984 and August 1985, The Punch reports.
Anenih, who said this in his biography titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ which was launched in Abuja on Saturday, said he was jailed for being wealthy.
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.
He added, “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.”
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