Blogger Abubakar Usman Sues EFCC Over Arrest And Detention


Blogger Abubakar Usman who was arrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives on August 8, 2016 has dragged the Commission to court accusing it of violating his fundamental rights.

The publisher of an online news platform ‘Abusidiqu’, explaining  his ordeal while in EFCC custody said he believes he was deliberately victimized and harassed by the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu over articles published on his website sometime in 2015.

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He said:

“It is clear to me that Magu’s EFCC is in clear violation of the law.  Aside granting me bail, they refused to say anything else and have continued to keep possession of my properties many of which contains my private information.”

According to the blogger, the EFCC are still holding on to his phones, laptops, internet device and other unrelated documents.

“They told me clearly that they are going to subject them to forensic analysis which I believe is in breach of my privacy.”

 Abubakar Usman
Usman had campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari, prior to the 2015 general elections.

Abubakar Usman also accused the Commission of illegally confiscating his property and breaching his fundamental human rights saying he has thus, proceeded to the court for the enforcement of his  Fundamental Rights which he says the EFCC is in clear breach of.

“My lawyers have informed me that the Commission has been duly served and we are now awaiting the court to commence the case.”

Usman was arrested on charges of Cyber Stalking and released on Administrative Bail after spending thirty six hours in EFCC detention.

After his release, Usman, who was an ardent supporter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said he regretted ever campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari, prior to the 2015 general election and vowed to pursue causes that would help engender a Nigeria in which citizens were not punished for exercising their freedom of expression.

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He had said after his release:

“This is a government that I fought for. But occurrences like these are not the experiences that myself and millions of Nigerians have fought for. Moving forward, I will be pursuing all legal and constitutionally established avenues to ensure that this does not repeat itself.”