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28.09.2022 Featured Blogger Detained by DSS Over Dapo Abiodun Story Regains Freedom After 5 Months

Published 28th Sep, 2022

By Tola Owoyele

Hammed Olamilekan Bashiru, the Ogun State-based publisher of EaglesForeSight, a news and entertainment blog, has been released from prison by the Department of State Services.

This was after the blogger had spent five months in prison for publishing a report he culled from Peoples Gazette on Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Governor.

Bashiru with Friends and Family Members after His Release
Bashiru with Friends and Family Members after His Release

The DSS subsequently accused Bashiru of defamation of character and cybercrime, citing the publication titled ‘2023; I Was Arrested (convicted) for Fraud in US, But APC Lacks Power to Disqualify Me — Governor Abiodun Bragged’ as its reason.

READ ALSO: Peoples Gazette Published the Story. Dapo Abiodun and DSS are Prosecuting a Blogger

Speaking to FIJ on the development, Bashiru said a compromise was reached after he met with Oluwasina Ogungbade, the Ogun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, on Tuesday.

Bashiru while in Detention
Bashiru while in Detention

“Yesterday, the Attorney General of the state requested that I should be brought to court. When we met and discussed, we reached an agreement that I should drop my human rights suit against the DSS and in return, all the charges levelled against me would be dropped,” Bashiru said.

The blogger said he was released and allowed to go home after the discussion.

READ ALSO: 70 Days and Still Counting: How Dapo Abiodun Is Keeping a Blogger in Prison Without Trial

“Right now, I just want to take my time and avoid allowing emotions to becloud my comments,” he said.

“However, in the coming days, and when my mind is eventually settled, I will get to talk about the whole issue.”

Bashiru was first arrested on April 29, two days after the story was published but was later released on bail. He was however rearrested on May 13 and ended up spending 137 days in jail.

FIJ had reported how stringent bail conditions like bringing a level 15 officer who had a landed property in Abeokuta, a business owner capable of providing his company’s certificate of incorporation, and a landed property with a million naira deposit were set for the defendant.

In addition to these conditions, Bashiru was also expected to deposit a sum of N3 million. The situation led to the blogger spending more time in jail than necessary.

Published 28th Sep, 2022

By Tola Owoyele

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