The younger Odike was arrested on allegations of killing and kidnapping.
Reacting to the development, the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party said the arrest was commendable and further vindicated the PDP’s position that leaders of the opposition party in the State cannot deny their link and sponsorship of violence and criminality in the State.
The PDP said the arrest of Odike’s son did not come to the party as a shocker and that his reported confession to the crimes would make it easier and quicker for the process of investigation and prosecution by the Army and the relevant security authorities to be concluded.
The party commended the courage and decision of the suspect in confirming that he was actively being supported by his father, describing the action of the APC leader as unpatriotic, shameful, wicked and serious embarrassment to the State
The PDP said “it has been made to believe that the security agencies are aware of its consistent alerts on the fact that some APC chieftains are hell-bent on causing violence and creating insecure atmosphere in the State.”
It said this “is in addition to the charge on their supporters to take up arms against perceived opponents in the State and outright release from detention of hardened criminals who were being charged in court for killings, kidnapping, armed robbery and cult-related activities during the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi.”
The party called on the Army authorities not to sweep this particular arrest of Odike’s son under the carpet but to ensure that thorough process is followed in bringing him to justice to serve as deterrent to others in the State.
The PDP also appealed to other security agencies to redouble their efforts in tackling insecurity, violence and criminality in the State.
It said it was aware of the frantic efforts the APC leaders were making, apart from the blackmail, to incite, cause violence, insecurity and declaration of state of emergency in the State.