Another Journalist Arrested By SSS For Criticising Buhari ( SEE PHOTOS)

A tweeter user with the handle @InibeheEffiong has revealed that officers of the state secret service, SSS have arrested a Campus journalist over his published article on Buhari,  Tinubu and the EFCC.  He narrated that his client was picked on Thursdayand arraigned in court on Friday refusing access to him his counsel.

Read his full tweet as recounted what transpired since the arrest.

Mr. Ayoola Babalola

"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.

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 Abeokua 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 Abeokua where he was remanded by the court.

I understand that he was arraigned on a six count charge bothering on alleged incitement, conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace and so on for allegedly publishing critical articles against President Buhari.

The said articles also related to the travails of the leader of the RevolutionNow movement, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and student activist, Comrade Femi Adeyeye.

Before his secret arrest and arraignment, Babalola briefed me over repressive actions which he believed Gateway Polytechnic may likely take against him over the articles.

Mr. Babalola also intimated me that the SSS were possibly trailing him because of the said articles.
I condemn this despotic and needless actions by the SSS. It is a shame that at a time the country is battling serious security challenges, the SSS rather than protect Nigeria, is paranoid about any form of criticism against the Buhari regime.

The SSS has continued to expose the country to public and international ridicule over its flagrant violation of the rights of Nigerians and shameless disregard for the rule of law and democratic ethos.

The SSS will not be allowed to turn Nigeria into a police state.

We will face them squarely in court.

All legal options will be explored to secure the release of Babalola and safeguard his legal and constitutional rights.

Tyranny will not win.

Inibehe Effiong ESQ."

Nigerians have since stated reacting to the news and wondering why a government that was very critical of the previous administration; some times without evidence, making bogus claims would be so uncomfortable with criticism to the extend that media freedom is being destroyed.
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