Abusidiqu/EFCC Saga: Public outcry forces EFCC to release blogger

Abuja-based blogger, Mr. Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, otherwise known as Abusidiqu, was on Tuesday released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Usman, who was released after 36 hours in custody, said on his official Twitter handle that he was released because of the pressure and condemnation that the EFCC received from Nigerians.

The blogger, therefore, thanked the media and his 19,400 followers on the social network.

Usman, who played an active role in President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign during the build-up to the 2015 elections, said he never expected human rights abuse from a ‘change’ government.

He said, “I would like to thank my family, friends, my legal team, members of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum, members of the Nigerian online community, and hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who in one way or another spoke out against my unconstitutional detention by the EFCC.

“Your tweets, posts, and demands for the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech led to my release as well as the victory that we have achieved today. This experience has stirred up broader conversations on the roles of our statutory established institutions, the parameters of our laws, and our civil liberties as citizens of our great Federal Republic.”

The blogger also threatened to take a legal action against the anti-graft agency.

He added, “Moving forward, I will be pursuing all legal and constitutionally established avenues to ensure that this does not repeat itself.”

Usman said he was pained because he was treated wrongly despite his huge support for Buhari.

The blogger, who was hosted by Buhari alongside other prominent bloggers last year, said, “This is a government that I fought for but occurrences like these are not the experiences that myself and millions of Nigerians fought for. I hope that we can use this to rectify the wrongs in our system towards the attainment of a more sustainable democracy.”

Usman was allegedly arrested over a recent report he published against the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.



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