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EFCC releases detained blogger

10 August 2016, 17:19

Abuja - The ?Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ?EFCC, has released popular news blogger Abubakar Usman from detention.

His lawyer, Michael Bello said his client was released on ?an ?administrative bail with conditions that he must make himself available to the EFCC whenever he received an invitation to such effect.

“I can confirm to you that my client has just been released on bail,

“He is very grateful to Nigerians for voicing out against his detention," Bello said.

Usman, who is the publisher of Abusidiqu.com, was picked up at his Kubwa, Abuja residence by EFCC officials and was quizzed over the alleged offence, which it said contravened the Cyber Crime Act.

His family said his arrest was in connection to a story he published on his website which the EFCC ?deemed critical of its chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

News24 previously reported that the EFCC had arrested a popular Nigerian blogger and political commentator, Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, for an alleged online publication against the commission’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

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

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.

- News 24

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