Operatives of the Department of State Security have arrested a skitmaker, Chukwu Emeka aka Broda Mike in Benin, Edo state.
According to Punch, Chukwu, who is a skit creator, had recently been utilizing his comedic skits to preach against weak governance, ‘corrupt’ politicians, and insecurity among others.
Chukwu’s mother, Mrs. Magaret Chukwu, who talked to The PUNCH via a telephone call, Monday, claimed her son was arrested by the DSS purportedly over a video he posted.
“Na because of the video wey hin post. He was arrested on June 14, 2022,” she told The PUNCH
When contacted via the telephone, the lawyer to Chukwu, identified simply as Mr Obo, said he was yet to see Chukwu at the DSS facility in Benin when he visited.
Speaking on what the vlogger could be charged for, Obo, who said he had been on the matter since Friday, said, “I’ve not seen the charges, but from the video watched thus far, I’m sure they’re going to charge him for inciting the public, and breach of public peace.
“I’ve not heard from the DSS, I’ve not seen him and they’ve not formally charged him to court. So I can’t say what they will charge him for.”
Meanwhile, among other persons that had joined the call for Broda Mike’s release, is the human right activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore.
Posting on his Facebook page on Monday, Sowore said the vlogger was illegally detained after being picked by the DSS in the GRA area of Benin City on June 14, adding that the vlogger had been denied access to his lawyer.
“Earlier today, I spoke with the lawyer and he told me the DSS claimed that they obtained a “court order” to detain him for 14 days and lied that he’d been transferred to Oko Prison.
“They did not allow him to see a copy of the said court order or meet with his client. His Inquiries so far didn’t show that he was transferred to Oko Prison as claimed by the DSS, he’s still languishing in DSS detention,” Sowore said.
Sowore said that additional legal resources were made available to his family’s attorney, and “we’ve urged the DSS to release #BrodaMike immediately.”
Monday, when approached via phone, the DSS Spokesperson, Mr. Peter Afunanya, whose line was busy, texted a request to chat or text him instead. However, when our journalist chatted with him over WhatsApp and sent him a text message about the problem, he did not answer.
It was known that the DSS has a history of arresting and detaining activists and anyone deemed to be speaking against authority for as long as possible. In 2019, Sowore was arrested after calling for a statewide demonstration against problems in the country and poor governance with the hashtag “#RevolutionNow.” The DSS imprisoned him for several months in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
Olamilekan Hammed, a blogger from Ogun State, was also allegedly arrested by the DSS for posting a report against Governor Dapo Abiodun, according to The PUNCH.