Police have reportedly arrested four counsels and five support staff of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The arrest is coming ahead of their appearance at the election petitions tribunal on Monday.
According to Sunday Sun, the lawyers were detained at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Ogbunabali.
He noted that they were later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Town, Port Harcourt.
The development was confirmed by the counsel to the APC House of Assembly candidates in the March 18, 2023 election, Tudure Ede (SAN).
He claimed that his team of lawyers had been arrested by the police in Port Harcourt.
Ede, who is the head of the legal team, said the lawyers were working on a petition to be filed at the tribunal against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, April 3, when they were arrested.
He explained that the team was arrested on Sunday morning by the police operatives at a hotel in Port Harcourt and were taken to Ogbunabali police station.
Ede lamented that the police had refused him access to the lawyers and his support staff.
He said: “The candidates who lost instructed me, and I have also the authority of the All Progressives Congress as a party in Abuja to go and file a petition for the candidates at the Election Petition Tribunal.
“In the cause of our work, we put some of the lawyers about four of them and about five support staff in a hotel to work because of the power situation in Port Harcourt.
“The police in collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party raided the hotel and arrested all the lawyers and support staff. They carted away the election materials used in compiling and in writing the petition and have taken them away to the police station.”
It was gathered that the items seized from them included laptops and exhibits required for their petition defence such as the agent’s copy of form EC8, Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) documents.
He accused the police of working with the PDP to intimidate those in the opposition political parties in the state and called for their immediate release.