The State Security Service (SSS) in Ogun State has arrested Olamikan Hammed, a blogger and publisher of EaglesForeSightfor an undisclosed fee.
Festus Ogun, activist and lawyer for the blogger who has been detained for three days, issued a statement on Sunday about the detention.
“The State Security Service (SSS) Ogun State Command arrested and detained a blogger and publisher of EaglesForeSightPrince Olamilekan Hammed (Lahbash), for reasons yet to be revealed,” Ogun wrote.
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The Ogun State Security Service invited Hammed for questioning on Friday, Ogun said, and he honored the invitation, only to be detained in connection with stories about Dapo Abiodun, the state governor. ‘Ogun, on his website.
“The supposed invitation borders on reports published by the blogger exposing Dapo Abiodun’s criminal activities in the United States,” Ogun wrote.
“Mr. Hammed, since his arrest, continues to face unfair harassment, torture and intimidation for simply doing his job as a citizen journalist after he was forced to remove the article from his website.
“Given that journalism is not a crime in this country, the prior invitations, recent arrest and subsequent detention of Prince Olamilekan Hammed by the SSS is completely illegal and constitutes an outright abuse of power. Articles 34, 35 and 39 of the 1999 Constitution are clear on this.
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Ogun believes the governor is abusing his powers to silence his client who only did his job by “amplifying publicly available records.”
Furthermore, Ogun blamed the SSS and claimed that it was used as a tool of intimidation by Abiodun.
“This outright abuse of power is condemned. The will of the anarchic SSS to be used as tools of intimidation and repression by the state is also condemned. How long will this daytime fascism continue? He asked.
“The SSS must release Prince Olamilekan Hammed immediately and unconditionally. We will stop at nothing to uphold its media and human rights if our modest demands are not met immediately. »
FIJ made several calls to the SSS, but they went unanswered. A text message sent to them had also not received a response at press time.