During a raid, Oyo police arrested an "innocent man standing in front of a shop."


Kayyus Taiwo, whose Twitter handle is @taokayaode, described how he was harassed and wrongly detained by members of the Oyo State Police Command for standing in front of a business centre.

Taiwo said that he was detained on October 12 while waiting for the proprietor of the business centre to arrive so that he could duplicate papers.

Taiwo said in a long Twitter thread on October 20 that those police officers had harassed and hurt him on the day in question.

As Taiwo stated, "On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, I was harassed and assaulted by the Nigeria Police Force and wrongfully detained in a cell overnight." " On my way home from work, my supervisor instructed me to assist him to file an application at a computer centre. To do this, I went to a prominent market in Ibadan. I researched the market and discovered a location, but the lady indicated she was unable to execute the job. She then gave me another location to me.

When I arrived, the business was closed from the outside, but the inside was unlocked; there was a sign posted outside that said, "Wait for me, I'll be back in a flash." Consequently, I had to wait. While waiting, this officer arrived. They numbered between seven and nine.

Only a small number of them wore uniforms, while the others wore muftis. They exploded the market, and several people fled. "

His confidence is betrayed.

Taiwo said that he did not budge an inch from where he stood out of a sense of innocence and trust that he had no evidence incriminating him.

"I did not flee since I had nothing to hide. While I was standing there, they came back and asked what I had in my bag. I told them everything.

"It had two pens, one exercise book, my voter and work identification cards, a phone charger, a power bank, and my oga's money."

However, Taiwo's confidence and the innocuous objects in his luggage were insufficient to keep him out of trouble with the authorities.

One of them, maybe their supervisor, simply ordered them to take me; they just took me onto their bus (a white-painted unofficial bus). 
He said that other arrests were made on the route to the station.

I entered and asked them a variety of questions, including 'where are you taking me, what did I do, and what is the name of your station?' I even called my supervisor, who asked me the same questions and asked to talk with them, but they did not respond. They confiscated my phones, and my boss continued to call, "he stated. 
However, they did not let me answer my calls. For about 10 minutes, we continued going. They stopped en route to see someone at a large complex. "

A Shout for Help

At this moment, Taiwo's concern for his own safety increased.

I would have been scared if they hadn't impersonated police officers and abducted me. In the meantime, just around three of them remained on the bus with me, "he wrote. I was able to get to the door and yell for assistance, stating that I had been abducted and that someone should assist me.

I continued to scream as if it were my last means of life, but they never stopped pounding me. I was overpowered and placed in the back of the car, where I was shackled and even threatened.

Brutality and repression

As Taiwo continued to yell for assistance, the cops ran back to where the bus was parked.

"At that point, they all came onto the bus and began pounding me to return." "I continued to yell, but they continued to strike me with the weapons in their hands," he wrote. "Later, we saw another bus like theirs with their policemen inside, and they turned me over to them. There, I discovered another man whom they had similarly tortured, and they pulled one shackle from my hands and used it to bind him as well.

"They left the place because I made a lot of noise, and people were filming us," she said.

THE TRANSFER OF THEIR VICTIMS

Later, Taiwo's 'abductors' would move him to a different car.

"We subsequently saw a similar bus with its cops inside. "They turned me over to them, where I discovered another man whom they had also tortured, and they took one of my handcuffs and used it to bind him as well," he wrote.

Within a few minutes, the two buses were completely occupied. They transported us all to their station after 7 p.m. Before we entered the station, they gave us our baggage. " Attempted to connect with his relatives were rejected. "

As soon as Taiwo received his suitcase, he rushed to his phone to call his supervisor and family members.

"While attempting to respond to my brother's text, I got my phone out of my bag and messaged my employer," he wrote.

One of their policemen saw me typing, approached me, smacked me, and took my phone.

"They took our statements and took us straight to jail, even though we hadn't done anything wrong. They tried to get me to go into the cell, but I refused and asked them to bring my brother and employer instead."

The officer forced me inside and shut the gate. The men inside then began hitting me for not entering in the first place. Even though I had been hurt, he took the money out of my pocket after asking if the things in there were animals.

"HE REGAINED HIS FREEDOM AT A COST"

Taiwo said that he finally spent a night in jail for no apparent reason.

He added, "I spent the night there with the stench, the heat, and the aches." "The next day, between 12 and 1 p.m., my brother bailed me out (with money), leaving just four of the nine of us who had spent the night in their cell."

POLICE REACT

The Oyo State Police Command responded to the complaint on Twitter by saying that Taiwo had been told to talk to the Commissioner of Police about the problem.

The police said, "In the spirit of impartiality and openness, he was provided the direct phone number of the Commissioner of Police." In another tweet, the police said that the Police Commissioner has ordered a comprehensive inquiry into the incident.

Culled from:https://fij.ng/article/oyo-police-arrest-innocent-man-standing-in-front-of-a-shop-during-raid/

Nigeria's Secret Police, DSS, holds a radio worker without trial for two months for broadcasting an "offensive song" against Imo Governor Uzodinma.


Uzomah works in the station's technical department, which is owned by IBC, which is a media organisation that is controlled by the State Government. Casmir Uzomah, a radio worker in the state of Imo who has been jailed without charge for the last two months by the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria's secret police, has been arrested and detained by the DSS. According to reports, Uzomah, a member of the staff at the Orient Radio-Television Station, which is run by the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), was taken into custody after the station broadcasted a song that was deemed "offensive" to the Governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma. The song was played on the station. Uzomah works in the station's technical department, which is owned by IBC, which is a media organisation that is controlled by the State Government. Onyinyechi, Uzomah's wife, spoke to the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) about the plight of her husband and the degrading treatment to which he has been subjected since his arrest on August 4. She pleaded with Nigerians and members of the international community to put pressure on the government of Imo and the DSS to release her husband. Uzomah was arrested on August 4 and has been held in degrading conditions since. They need to release my spouse as soon as possible. I am not currently employed, and yet it is imperative that my children attend class. They claimed that he had played a song in which the governor was insulted. Mrs Onyinyechi, who is a mother of five children, stated, "Since then, I have not seen him."

On that day, my sister-in-law contacted me and informed me that the authorities had taken my husband into custody. She said that it was my responsibility to look after the youngsters. Since then, calls to his phone have not been getting through," she continued, revealing that her husband's older sister had gone to the DSS office many times, but they wouldn't let her see him. "Calls to his phone have not been going through since then."

She said that "they didn't let anyone to see him." [citation needed]

Chidi Uzomah, the older brother of the imprisoned radio worker, said that his brother was still in the custody of the DSS and that he did not know when he would be freed. Chidi Uzomah added that he did not know when his brother would be released. Casmir is still being held at the DSS facility at this time. On August 4, 2022, he received an invitation from DSS in response to an enquiry that was sent to him by Declan Emelumba, the Commissioner of Information for the state of Imo. According to ICIR's report, he was recently reported as saying that "since then, he has been imprisoned by DSS, and all attempts to free him have not succeeded."

Chidi had written to the Commissioner of Information, copied HRH Eze Okeke Eze, copied the head of the Ministry of Information, copied the Director General of the Information and Broadcasting Commission, and equally met with the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, His Grace Lucius Ugorji to intervene and talk with the governor, but "yet no way" was the response Chidi received.

"On Monday, October 3, 2022, I personally wrote a letter to the director of DSS, and I delivered that letter to him on that same day. When our client was detained at the beginning of August, our attorney (also) submitted a written request for bail. Yet no reaction," he remarked. Jerry Osuji, who is the President of the Group of Imo State Radio and Television Presenters, said that the association was doing all in its power to secure the journalist's release.

"I have discussed this matter with the DG IBC. He gave me his word that he is interested in finding out how much music was played on the station, he added. Osuji, who also works at the same station as Uzomah, said that he had organised personnel at the station to go to the DSS office in an effort to see the jailed radio worker, but that they were unsuccessful in their efforts. According to Emelumba, the information commissioner in the state of Imo, the song that Mr Uzomah played that resulted in his imprisonment by the DSS was "extremely rude and defamatory." I heard that he played a song on IBC that was highly unpleasant and called the governor a murderer. I heard this from a friend.

This individual just performed a song in which it is said that the governor is a killer and that blood is gushing from his hand. He said that even NBC had questioned the IBC about why they were playing such a song. It has been revealed to me that he took the music from the outside and played it on the radio station. However, I bear no responsibility for his imprisonment in any manner. What might possibly be his reason for acting in such a manner?

The commissioner said that the state administration was innocent of any involvement in his detention. Wilcox Idaminabo, the Director of the SSS in Imo, had previously said that he would reply to inquiries on the arrest on Wednesday, but as of Saturday evening, he had not done so.


Culled:https://saharareporters.com/2022/10/08/nigerias-secret-police-dss-detains-radio-worker-two-months-without-trial-airing

In Anambra, three people were killed as they clashed with the police.

  Over the weekend, the situation in the Aguleri village, which is located in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state of Anambra...