The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said they arrested Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a blogger, for offences bordering on cyber stalking.
Mr Abubakar Sidiq Usman is well known to Muhammadu Buhari.
He actively campaigned for Buhari during the 2015 presidential election and has been supporting him ever since.
Right now Usman is doing PR job for Governor Ganduje of Kano state
In a statement made available to Elombah.com, EFCC said Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a blogger, who is the publisher of Abusidiqu.com was picked up at his Kubwa, Abuja home in the early hours of Monday August 8, 2016 by operatives of the EFCC and is currently being questioned over the alleged offence which contravenes sections of the Cyber Crime Act.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman, said “the suspect has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties.”
Observers wonder why the relationship between Mr Usman and Nigeria authorities have gone sour.
Ironically, Usman who publishes abusidiqu.com is a prominent member of the Buhari Media Organisation that promotes the government policies while defending it against citizens’ backlash.
Our sources in the anti-graft agencies revealed that the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has vowed to deal with Usman for persistently reporting on his corrupt activities.
To achieve his aim, he demanded that two sureties who must be Directors in the civil service must stand as guarantor before they will let him go.
According to impeccable sources, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Bashir Ahmed and other concerned friends had gone to the EFCC office, Abuja where Usman is being held to ask for his release.
Their request, however, was turned down diplomatically.
Some however are of the opinion the arrest is a ruse.
Fred Edosomwan told Elombah.com: “Do not be deceived by the arrest of Usman Sidiq for they are simply flying a kite, he would be out shortly.
“The idea is to use this silence all you bloggers by thinking if they could arrest one of their own, then the rest of you guys are toast.
“That was how the arrest of Dasuki, Shekarau and Bafarawa preceded the clampdown.”
Other commentators are however not finding the antics of the EFCC funny;
In the words of Daniel Elomba, a lawyer: “My good friend Mr Abubakar Sidiq Usman is well known to Muhammadu Buhari.
Usman actively campaigned for Buhari, and has been supporting him ever since.
“Right now Usman is doing PR job for Governor Ganduje of Kano state. And yet my friend Usman Sidiq has now fallen victim to this Gestapo administration.
“The guy was arrested on trumped up charges. What is cyber stalking? Is it an economic or financial crime?
“I have been saying this since 2009: EFCC is a criminal organisation, and has been a criminal organisation till date.
“To now transmute into a gestapo fascist tool is to make a terrible animal worse.
“May God deliver us from Buhari and Magu and his goons.”
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