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Journalist Allegedly Arrested, Imprisoned For Criticising Buhari, Tinubu



Tobi Adebayo

The Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly arrested a journalist, Ayoola Babalola and charged him to court, allegedly over article criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 

The arrest and charging to court were reportedly done in secret and and Babalola is currently in prison.

The revelation was made by lawyer cum rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, via his official Twitter handle.

“Late on Friday, I was alerted that my client Mr. Ayoola Babalola, a courageous student activist and young journalist, was arrested and charged to court for allegedly publishing certain articles in a Campus Newspaper called GAPOSA Trumpet in which he served as the Editor.

“Babalola recently graduated from the Gateway Polytechnic located in Sapaade, Ogun State, where he read Mass Communication.

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“The said articles which were deemed critical of President Buhari, APC Leader, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the EFCC also led to the dismissal of a lecturer of Gateway Polytechnic who served as the Producer of the campus newspaper.

“He was arrested on Thursday in Abeokuta by the State Security Service (SSS) and taken before a Magistrate Court on Friday. His appeal to the SSS for him to be allowed to contact me as his counsel was rebuffed.

“Mr. Babalola was only able to contact me through a third party from the Ibara Maximum Prison in Abeokuta where he was remanded by the court, “he tweeted.

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