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DSS arrests Igbo blogger

07 September 2016, 20:15

Uyo - Operatives of the Department Security Service have arrested one Iroegbu Emenike, a 38-year-old blogger and publisher of an online news medium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Herald reports.

The Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) which is presently looking into his case disclosed that the blogger’s wife, Ekaette Emenike Iroegbu said,  “the blogger was arrested by three (3) SSS operatives who invaded their Uyo residence in a Gestapo style in a black jeep.

The operatives were said to have taken away the two phones of Mrs. Emenike; the bloggers own phones and laptop, etc. After ransacking their apartment, they whisked the blogger away without disclosing the reason for his arrest and their destination.”

Inibehe Effiong, the convener of the group said Effiong added,  “Though the Director of SSS, Akwa Ibom State Command, Adesina informed me at about 9:04 pm on Tuesday, September 6, that he was not aware of the blogger’s arrest, the wife of the blogger who went to the SSS office in Uyo has confirmed that her husband is being held by the SSS in Uyo according to breakingnews.com

“Without prejudice to whatever reason may have motivated the arrest and detention of the blogger, it is very worrisome that the fundamental right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is being eroded at an alarming and unprecedented level since the inception of the current dispensation.

“Few examples will suffice.

“Emmanuel Ojo, a blogger, was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the orders of the Ogun State governor over his publication about the governor’s wife on Facebook. Blogger Seun Oloketuyi was equally arrested in 2015 over an online publication. Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a popular blogger and political commentator was arrested and detained recently by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged cyberstalking. Musa Azare from Bauchi State was also arrested recently by the Nigeria Police Force allegedly on the orders of his state governor over his critical publications on social media

“The SSS and other security agencies should resist the emerging capricious proclivities of political office holders to use security agencies to clampdown on Nigerians for exercising their constitutional liberties. Democracy is being threatened in Nigeria by the rising display of intolerance to free speech.

- News 24


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