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Blogger Detained Over US Abiodun Conviction Story Sues Police, DSS

An Ogun State-based blogger, Olamilekan Hammed, has sued the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Police for what he described as his unlawful detention by security agencies.

The punch reported that the DSS had arrested the blogger for allegedly posting about the state governor.

The report would relate to Abiodun’s alleged criminal record in the United States. Hammed was reportedly arrested after honoring an invitation from the Ogun State Command of the Secret Police.

However, Olamilekan’s lawyer, Festus Ogun, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, for the enforcement of his client’s basic rights.

He said his client in case number FHC/AB/FHR/66/22 is asking the court to intervene urgently to end the excessive abuse of power and privilege by the Nigerian authorities.

This was in a statement by Ogun titled “Blogger LAHBASH sues SSS, police and others for continued illegal detention.”

The state said, “We have filed a complaint with the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, for the enforcement of fundamental rights of our client, Mr. Olamilekan Hammed Bashiru, who was arbitrarily arrested on May 13, 2022 and detained over a publication exposing the dirty criminal past of Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun.

“Since his arrest and illegal detention, he has not been released on bail, released or brought to justice for any offense despite the best efforts of his lawyer. They have no case against him. He is clearly at the mercy of Governor Abiodun who felt threatened by the work of an investigative journalist who was just doing his job.

“In case number FHC/AB/FHR/66/22, we urge the court to intervene urgently to end the excessive abuse of power and privilege by the Nigerian authorities. We are convinced that the honorable court is the fortress of the oppressed.

“As hard as they may try, we are convinced that tyranny cannot win and we will never leave any room for the intimidation of journalists in this country. SSS, the Ogun State Police Commissioner and the Governor cannot continue to act as if they are above the law. Media rights are sacred.

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