Confusion over arrest of Ibadan-based broadcaster

He was arrested by police with warrant- Force PRO

Uba Group

There is confusion over the arrest of a Nigerian journalist and Managing Director of Agidigbo 88.7FM, Ibadan, Oriyomi Hamzat.

Hamzat was arrested on Thursday morning by officers of the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force.

While the police claimed that the popular Ibadan-based broadcaster was arrested in connection with a case of Cyber Bullying under investigation, another version had it that the arrest was in connection with a petition by the Chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Rahmon Adedoyin, who is currently standing trial along with six employees of his hotel, Hilton Hotels, over the alleged murder of a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that Hamzat’s arrest was sequel to his refusal to honour Police invitation severally, which prompted the police to secure a warrant for his arrest.

“We are looking into the petition written against him on his violation of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015, and necessary action will be taken to do justice in the matter,” Adejobi said.

However, it was gathered that the State Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police, Eleyele had in a letter dated Monday, May 23 invited Hamzat to be at the office on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 am.

The letter reads, “You are cordially invited to interface with the Officer in Charge of the State Intelligence Bureau, State Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan on Tuesday 24th May, 2022 at 11a.m.

“Venue: State Intelligence Bureau, Eleyele, Ibadan. Accept the warmest assurances of the Bureau best regards, please.”

The letter was signed by the officer in charge of the SIB in Oyo State, Chief Superintendent of Police, Peter Ajogwu.

Upon honouring the invitation, Hamzat was said to have been arrested and handed over to officials of the FIB who transported him to Abuja on Thursday morning.

Adedoyin was said to have petitioned the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, alleging defamation, false alarm, incitement and unlawful interference with the police investigation and judicial proceedings.

The petition was addressed to the DIG, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Area 10, Garki, FCT, Abuja; Johnson Kokumo.

Adedoyin was also said to have copied the Department of State Services, Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Adedoyin in his letter through his lawyer, Ahmed Aderoju, complained of criminal defamation, false alarm, incitement, false publication, cyberstalking and criminal threat against him by the founder of Agidigbo FM, Hamzat, and others including Babagbade Imo, Woibile and IJKFMB Music yard.