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My eight-day detention was horrible, wife of journalist arrested because husband criticised Lai Mohammed

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Mrs Dorcas Jolayemi, the wife of a journalist detained for criticising Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused the operatives of the Kwara State Police Command of bugging her phone and raining insults on her.

Mrs. Dorcas further said the police detained her for eight days, adding that during that period she was rendered incommunicado without access to a lawyer nor communication with her son.

WuzupNigeria reports that Mrs Dorcas’ husband, Rotimi Jolayemi, had written a poem and recited the same on social media in criticism of Mr Lai Mohammed. Angered by the poem, the minister had allegedly ordered Rotimi’s arrest.

In a bid to nab Mr Rotimi, the police in Kwara went on an arrest spree, taking Mrs Dorcas into custody and keeping her for eight days. The police also arrested Mr Rotimi’s younger brother, one Mr Joseph Jolayemi, on April 28. His phone too had allegedly been bugged. One John Jolayemi, an elder brother to Mr Rotimi, was also arrested.

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The trio would be released when Mr Rotimi, accompanied by a lawyer, presented himself at the police station a week later.

After their release, Mrs Dorcas said they were hospitalised for almost a week with bouts of malaria.

Narrating her ordeal in a The Punch Newspaper interview, Mrs Dorcas said:

“On April 29, 2020, policemen came to my house in Ilorin, Kwara State, but I was not at home. I had gone to visit my brother-in-law. I was told that when they realised I was not at home, they came to my brother-in-law’s house in a Hilux van. They were about four policemen altogether. They said they had come to arrest me and I stood up. They kept asking me where my phone was and I told them it was with my son.

“They said I must follow them to their station with my phone. Eventually, I got the phone and we left. On getting to the State Criminal Investigation Department, they began to interrogate me. They asked why I obstructed the arrest of my husband. I asked them what they meant by that.

“They asked me when last I spoke with my husband and I told them I spoke with him in the morning. They said they wanted to arrest my husband and he fled to Maro in Kwara State. They said I was the one who advised him to run away and switch off his phone. They played a recording of my phone conversation with my husband.

“Apparently, they had bugged my phone and that of my husband. I admitted that, indeed, I told my husband to run away, but it wasn’t a crime because I didn’t harbour him. I only asked him not to come home, which is what a typical wife would do. I heard the police wanted to arrest him and I didn’t know the reason why they wanted to arrest him. I told him to run away because I wanted him to be safe. They said for that, I would pay for it. I was brought before their boss and the man insulted me, calling me a stupid woman. He said I shouldn’t have advised my husband to run away. The man said I would pay for it and they took my statement. I was there from April 29 to May 6.”

She added,

My husband’s younger brother, Mr Joseph Jolayemi, was arrested on April 28. He was arrested because of my husband. At the time of his arrest, he was accused of possessing a stolen cell phone. However, on getting to the SCID, he was interrogated. The police asked him questions about my husband. They subsequently played a phone conversation he had with my husband. It was obvious that his phone had also been bugged. My brother’s older brother, John Jolayemi, was also arrested.

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JUST IN: FCT Perm Sec recovers from COVID-19, resumes

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Christian Ohaa has resumed work after testing negative for COVID-19.

Ohaa, though asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19 about two weeks ago and has been in one of the isolation centres in Abuja.

Upon testing positive, his office was immediately shut down and staff, as well as all directors in the administration, directed to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test.

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I assured Jonathan I’d never betray him and I kept my words – Dasuki

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Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has denied campaigning for the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) while serving as ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s NSA.

He also debunked reports that he campaigned for the All Progressives Congress or its then-presidential candidate, Buhari, “in whatever shape or form before, during or after the 2015 presidential elections.”

The former NSA said this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘I never campaigned for APC or Buhari as NSA to President Jonathan.’

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He stated,

“The truth is that I was involved in an attempt at forging an alliance between the Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria Peoples Party, Congress for Progressive Change, among others, prior to 2011 elections which was not successful.

“My involvement in that political process ended after the elections of 2011.”

Dasuki continued:

“At the point of accepting the appointment to serve as National Security Adviser in 2012, I made clear to President Jonathan that I had relationships with General Muhammadu Buhari of CPC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu of ACN and Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of ANPP, among other opposition elements and that my appointment would not cause me to sever the relationship.

“I, however, assured him that I would never betray him. As a man of honour, I kept to my words.”

As NSA between 2012 and 2015, Dasuki insisted that he did not work at cross-purposes with Jonathan “as being recklessly insinuated by mischief makers on their blogs and social media.”

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Nigeria’s poverty is a result of corruption in Precidency – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has blamed poverty and growing insecurity in Nigeria on the alleged unbridled looting and extortion by a cabal around the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the ruling All Progressives Congress.

This party’s position is contained in a statement titled, ‘Corruption in Buhari Presidency, APC responsible for poverty in Nigeria – PDP…Says Treasury Looting is APC’s Manifesto’, signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Sunday.

According to the statement, the PDP declared that the alleged “unbridled treasury looting and extortion by the cabal in the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress are directly responsible for the excruciating poverty and escalated insecurity being suffered by Nigerians in the last five years.”

The party noted that the “grandstanding by the Buhari regime” in response to revelations of abuses and sleaze emanating from the investigation of the suspended acting Chairman of the APC-controlled Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, exposed a desperate attempt by a cabal to delink certain of its officials from indictment in the saga.

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Ologbondiyan said, “The recent revelations of widespread treasury looting, including the alleged allocation of billions of stolen money to certain top government officials, have also exposed the hypocrisy of the APC and how its leaders are mercilessly plundering our economy while abandoning our citizens to a life of squalour.

“The picture is becoming clearer on how the APC leaders, in the last five years, siphoned and pocketed over N14tn, from various government agencies, meant for the development of the nation and the welfare of Nigerians.

“From unfolding events, Nigerians are no longer in doubt that treasury looting is the official manifesto of the APC, which has now been exposed as a deceitful party that came to power by pretence and pointing of accusing fingers at others while its real intention had always been to sweep the treasuries for their selfish gains.”

The statement further read:

“This explains why the APC administration has failed to expose those involved in the wholesale stealing of N9.6tn ($25bn) oil money as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo just as no steps have been taken by the APC government to investigate and recover the money.

“It equally explains why the APC administration had also failed to expose those behind the reported stealing of N1.1tn worth of crude oil, using 18 unregistered vessels linked to some of its leaders and why the money was never recovered.”

Attempts to get a response from the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, were futile, as calls to his mobile phone were neither picked nor returned.

Also, a response to a text message sent to him was still being awaited as at the time of filing this report.

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However, the Chairman of the Buhari Media Organisation, Niyi Akinsuji, said:

“Unlike the PDP, this administration is open and transparent.

“We don’t cover up; whenever there are allegations against anyone, it is investigated and sanctions applied. The PDP should hide its head in shame for mismanaging Nigeria for 16 years.”

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