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

A blogger, Bashiru Adewale, who was reportedly detained on the orders of the governor of Ogun state, Dapo AbiodunHe has counted 100 days behind bars. Adewale has been in police custody since May 13. He allegedly republished a story titled “I’ve been arrested for fraud in the US, but APC can’t disqualify me: Dapo Abiodun.” The story was originally published by People’s Gazette on April 27. The State Security Service (SSS) arrested Mr. Adewale on charges of defamation and cybercrime and transferred him to the police who took him to court. However, the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, granted him bail on May 27, in terms including the amount of N3 million with two guarantees in the amount of N1 million. His other bond conditions include “One of the bondsmen must be a public official in GL 15 with the federal, state or local government within Abeokuta Metropolis, while the other must be an owner of an established business within the jurisdiction and both they will own property within the Abeokuta metropolis. “The bail bondsmen will deposit the documents of title with the Clerk of this court during the course of this lawsuit. “The guarantors and the defendant himself must have their addresses, office/business addresses, their bank details, both personal and commercial, and all their telephone numbers verified by the Registrar of this Honorable court. “The guarantor (entrepreneur) must deposit his Mercantile Registration Certificate from the Corporate Affairs Commission while the Public Servant must deposit his international passport with the registrar of this court to be retained during the processing of this trial.” trapped in prison Adewale’s former lawyer, Festus Ogun, told PREMIUM TIMES that he is still being held because he was unable to meet strict bail conditions. Ogun said he had recused himself from the case “on principle.” The lawyer regretted that none of the relatives of the accused have come to look for him since he was arrested. Social media campaign In the wake of 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 their own journalists with such disrespect. Then he said” The Nigerian government despises, hates and treats its own journalists with such disrespect. Very sad — XanderObi (@xanders101) August 20, 2022 Ogie @Marythesa also said, “You mean ad eleyi from Ogun state? Hmmmmm! How come no one talked about a government woman being held for over 2 months in Rivers state, serving honorable member? You guys just pick and choose who you call? They should be called regardless of what party they’re affiliated with! Yes.” The Nigerian government despises, hates and treats its own journalists with such disrespect. Very sad — XanderObi (@xanders101) August 20, 2022 Additionally, D-One @FayemiOluomo posted, “Keeping the guy up until now, even after deleting the post, may be an indication that what he posted is true.” Keeping the guy up now, even after deleting the post, can 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 must feed the layer lawyers! Until we the people join together to drag out unjust leaders, many will suffer in silence. What about those whose friends don’t have a Twitter account? Access to justice is unaffordable for the majority. To lay eggs of justice in a corrupt system, you must feed the layer lawyers! Until we the people join together to drag out unjust leaders, many will suffer in silence. What about those whose friends don’t have a Twitter account? — Dr. Anne ‘Muyiwa #JusticeforWidows #44ChessChennai (@AnneMuyiwa) August 21, 2022 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Blogger arrested for ‘defaming’ Governor Abiodun spends 100 days in detention