Abubakar Sidiqu Usman

A Nigerian bogger,  Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, publisher of Abusidiqu, an APC-leaning blog has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over a report on the blog exposing internal crisis within the anti-graft commission.

According to Secret Reporters, an online platform, the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu ordered the arrest of Mr. Usman because his platform, Abusidiqu published a report which embarrassed Magu.

“The war against media clampdown has been launched, as acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu has ordered his men to arrest a journalist, Abubakar Sidiqu Usman, who is the publisher of an online based platform, Abusidiqu,” Secret Reporters e-mail to The Trent  on Monday, August 8, 2016 said.

“According to family sources who reached out to Secret Reporters, men of the anti graft agency stormed the private residence of the Journalist in the early hours of today, excusing him out, were they identified themselves to be from the EFCC.

“Secret Reporters gathered that, the arrest of Abusidiqu was led by Sambo M. Mangana, where they came with a search warrant to search his house over the report he did, and confiscated both his laptop and phones.

“We gathered that, on August 2, 2016, Abusidiqu had published a report on his online platform, where it was stated that the EFCC acting chairman was venting his frustrations against the staff of the commission for his non confirmation as a substantive chairman of the commission which was deferred to a later date.

“Sources at the commission said, the acting chairman has turned himself to an attack dog, where he desperately wants to be confirmed, so he can assume his demi-goddess status in the society,” the email concluded.



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