Broadcaster Arrested For ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed Regains Freedom — After 45 Days
Rotimi Jolayemi, a journalist who was arrested for allegedly criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has been freed by the police, after 45 days in detention.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
According to PUNCH, Dorcas, Jolayemi’s wife confirmed that he was released on Friday, but asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Jolayemi, known as “Oba Akewi,” had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it via WhatsApp.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The minister allegedly ordered his arrest and he had been in detention since May.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
On June 12, a federal high court in Abuja had also ordered Jolayemi be remanded.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Jolayemi, however, pleaded not guilty after he was arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on the alleged distribution of an audio file said to have caused annoyance, ill will, hatred, and insults towards the minister.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Jolayemi, who is the vice-chairman, Freelance and Independent Radio Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Osun state chapter, anchors “Bi aye se ri,” a show on Osun State Broadcasting Service and Radio Kwara.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Earlier, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) had condemned the detention of Jolayemi, and had demanded his immediate release.
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