Detained Blogger, Abubakar Usman Released By EFCC


Detained Blogger, Abubakar Usman has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Usman had spent more than 36 hours in the EFCC custody for alleged ”cyberstalking” according to his lawyer.

Usman’s lawyer, Michael Bello, said his client was released on an administrative bail.

Conditions for the bail insist that he must make himself available to the EFCC whenever he received an invitation to such effect.

Mr Bello said:

“I can confirm to you that my client has just been released on bail.

“He is very grateful to Nigerians for voicing out against his detention.”

Detained Blogger, Mr. Usman, a pro-government writer, was whisked away from his residence by  EFCC operatives on Monday morning.

EFCC Frees Detained Blogger Usman

Allegations leveled against Abubakar Usman border on a breach of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015.

His family said his arrest was in connection with a story he published on his website which the EFCC deemed critical of its chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Meanwhile, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to “immediately and unconditionally release blogger Abubakar Usman.

Detained Blogger, Usman who was detained simply for exercising his constitutional and internationally recognised right to freedom of expression was released by the EFCC.

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SERAP in its statement called on the EFCC and indeed all public institutions to proactively encourage freedom of expression.

According to them, this would enhance their ability to fight corruption. And also maintain the sanctity of the constitution and Nigeria’s international obligations and commitments.

Their earlier statement read:

“There are many whistle-blowers out there that can be of immense support to anti-corruption agencies and contribute to the effective discharge of their statutory mandates to prevent and combat corruption.

“Nigerians should be allowed to talk freely without threats of arrest or harm.”