|L-R: Gov Ben Ayade, Fr. Titus Armon, Lt. Gen. Buratai and officer donned in DSS uniform|
2 November 2020
F. Baba Isa Esq., a Nigerian lawyer based in Abuja the nation’s capital territory, has suggested that the Roman Catholic Church should suspend the Knight Governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade. He has also requested that the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Service be sued to court NEGROIDHAVEN can say authoritatively.
This is coming on the backdrop of the arrest by the Army, detention and human rights abuse and subsequent release of a Roman Catholic priest by the DSS, Rev’d Fr. Titus Armon on Thursday last week.
The learned silk Isa said, beyond the press releases from the Director of Communication of the Ogoja diocese of the Catholic Church (Rev’d Fr. Emma Eroh), the Church should enforce the fundamental human right of the abused priest, Armon.
Isa expressed his disposition Sunday through social media where he said ‘Firstly, the church should immediately suspend the knighthood of Governor Benedict Ayade. We don’t want to belong to a church where a Knight will abuse the fundamental rights of a priest and go scot free. Secondly, the governor, the army and the SSS should be taken to court immediately. Nobody is above the law, not even a Catholic Priest’.
Speaking earlier, the lawyer said ‘The purpose of the Catholic Knighthood is to have men and women who will defend the Church; not in taking up arms but in how they conduct themselves, uphold the doctrines of the Church and revere the sacraments and the clergy…
‘Today, we have a Catholic faithful who became a Governor, a Governor who became a Knight of the Catholic Church and that Knight sent soldiers to arrest a Catholic Priest in his church; they dragged him without even allowing him the dignity of wearing his cassock. They lifted him up and threw him inside a waiting van and drove him for over 7 hours to Calabar. They locked him up for over 24 hours without access to his lawyers or anyone.
‘This one is on the church. The Governor is a tyrant, we know that already. He is called “Little Napoleon” in some quarters. We know this already. So, this one is on the church. How will the Church respond to this?
‘Issuing a press statement is a good place to start but that is not enough. The church should not dismiss this as a case of turning the other cheek. The church must take action,’ his statement reads in part.
Sources have it that Gov Ayade is allegely hunting down Fr Ghesu Armon, the brother of Fr Titus, because he wrote a critical article about him. Titus was arrested in place of his brother Ghesu who is also a Catholic priest, because his mobile device was reportedly used to post, allegedly by his brother, an #EndSARS video.