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EFCC arrests blogger over story against its chairman

09 August 2016, 19:45

Abuja - The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a popular Nigerian blogger and political commentator, Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, for an alleged online publication against the commission’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Tribune reports.

The blogger was reportedly arrested in the early hours of Monday at his residence in Abuja by the EFCC operatives.

He is the publisher of Abusidiqu.com.

He has, however, been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties.

The EFCC said Usman’s activities contradicted sections of the Cyber Crime Act, but that he had been granted administrative bail and would be released after successfully providing sureties.

Usman would be the third blogger to be arrested under the Cyber Crime Act, which was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011.

Usman’s blog, Abusidiqu.com, published a report titled, ‘EFCC boss, Magu, commences total war with core EFCC staff’ on August 2, 2016.

The report according to Punch stated that members of staff at the EFCC were complaining that they were being bullied by Magu.

According to the report, Magu is a front for one Air Commodore Umar Muhammed, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services.

It added that there were allegations that Magu and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, both from Borno State, had been diverting government funds for personal use.

- News 24


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