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Nigeria: Blogger arrested for ‘defaming’ Governor Abiodun spends 100 days in detention

Mr Adewale has been in police custody since May 13

A blogger, Bashiru Adewale, who was reportedly detained on the orders of the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodunhas counted 100 days behind bars.

Mr Adewale has been in custody since May 13.

He reportedly reposted an article titled “I was arrested for fraud in the United States, but APC cannot disqualify me: Dapo Abiodun”.

The story was originally published by Peoples Gazette April 27.

The State Security Service (SSS) arrested Mr Adewale on charges of defamation and cybercrime and handed him over to the police who brought him to justice.

The Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, however, granted him bail on May 27, on terms that include the sum of 3 million naira with two sureties amounting to 1 million of naira.

His other bail conditions include “One of the sureties must be an official on GL 15 with the federal, state or local government in Abeokuta Metropolis, while the other must be the owner of a business established in the jurisdiction and both must own properties in Abeokuta Metropolis.

“The sureties will file the title deeds with the clerk of this court for the duration of this trial.

“The sureties and the defendant himself must have their domiciles, business/professional addresses, bank details, both personal and professional, and all their telephone numbers verified by the clerk of this honorable court.

“The guarantor (businessman) will file his Certificate of Registration with the Social Affairs Commission while the Civil Servant will file his international passport at the registry of this court which will be held for the duration of this trial.”

Stuck in jail

Mr Adewale’s former lawyer, Festus Ogun, told PREMIUM TIMES he was still in detention because he could not meet strict bail conditions.

Mr Ogun said he backed out of the case “on principle”.

The lawyer deplored that no member of the accused’s family has come to pick him up since his arrest.

Social media campaign

Following Mr Adewale’s continued incarceration, social media users launched a #FreeLabashNow campaign calling for his release.

On Twitter, Xander Obi said: “The Nigerian government despises, hates and treats its own journalists with such disrespect.

The Nigerian government despises, hates and treats its own journalists with such disrespect. So sad– Xander Obi (@xanders101) August 20, 2022

Ogie @Marythesa also said: “You mean d eleyi from Ogun State? Hmmmmm! How come no one mentioned a female government detained for over 2 months in Ogun State? Rivers, an honorable member sit! You guys just pick who you call? They gotta be called no matter what party they’re affiliated with! Yeah”

The Nigerian government despises, hates and treats its own journalists with such disrespect. So sad– Xander Obi (@xanders101) August 20, 2022

Additionally, D-One @FayemiOluomo posted, “Keeping the guy up to now even after deleting the post may be an indication that what the guy posted is true.”

Keeping the guy up to now even after deleting the post may be an indication that what the guy posted is true.– D-one (@FayemiOluomo) August 20, 2022

Annie Muyiwa @AnnieMuyiwa also posted: “Access to justice is unaffordable for most. To lay eggs of justice in a corrupt system, you need to nurture laying lawyers! silence. What happens to those whose friends don’t have a Twitter account? »

Access to justice is unaffordable for most. To lay eggs of justice in a corrupt system, you need to nurture laying lawyers! Until we the people unite to drag down unjust rulers, many will suffer in silence. What happens to those whose friends don’t have a Twitter account?– Dr. Anne ‘Muyiwa #JusticeforWidows #44ChessChennai (@AnneMuyiwa) August 21, 2022