Infobase quote of the day:
“So EFCC has graduated from arresting 419 operators to arresting bloggers. When Mugu meets mumu the bottom falls off..#freeabusidiq.”—@DrDamages
The publisher of abusidiqu.com, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, was today, August 8, 2016, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at his Kubwa home in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Why Abubakar Sidiq Usman was arrested
Abubakar Sidiq has been known for his daring publications that expose corruption in government and within EFCC, an agency saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption.
His recent publications about corruption within EFCC include: Whistle blower promises to expose major corruption in EFCC, EFCC boss Magu commences total war with core EFCC staff. His recent corruption stories had been focusing on corruption within an anti-corruption agency.
But in an online press release by the Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, “Arrest of Abubakar Sidiq Usman” EFCC stated that “he’s currently being questioned over the alleged offence which contravenes sections of the Cyber Crime Act.”
EFCC stated that the Abubakar Sidiq Usman was arrested “for offences bordering on cyber stalking.” It’s not stated which part of his article constitutes cyberstalking.
“The suspect has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties,” EFCC spokesman Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement.
But it’s believed that his recent articles about corruption in EFCC : Whistle blower promises to expose major corruption in EFCC, and EFCC boss Magu commences total war with core EFCC staff didn’t go well with the entire management of the anti-graft agency.
What is cyber stalking?
“Cyberstalking is a crime in which the attacker harasses a victim using electronic communication, such as e-mail, or messages posted to a website or discussion group.”
According SearchSecurity, “Cyberstalker targets a specific victim with often threatening messages.” Cyberstalking is sometimes called internet stalking, e-stalking, or online stalking.
The article that got Abusidiq arrested by EFCC?
No one can say specifically, but it’s been alleged that one of his articles headlined “EFCC boss Magu commences total war with core EFCC staff “ got Abusidiq in trouble. The story was seen as anti-Magu.
Part of the story reads,” Regular members of staff at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are complaining that they are being bullied by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Magu, who returned a few seconded police men to their mother organisation has become panicky following series of revelations on his activities at the commission.”
EFCC under twitter attack over the arrest of Abubakar Sidiq Usman
#FreeAbusidiq was no. 1 twitter trend between 12pm-5pm (Nigerian Time) on August 8, 2016.
Some Nigerian bloggers expressed their displeasure over the arrest of the blogger.
“The @officialefcc arresting @MrAbuSidiq over a news story he published is a big let down for free speech in Nigeria. Shocking move”
“Next stop is to sue the @officialefcc for unlawful arrest and intimidation etc…Whatever its going to be called. We must end impunity.”
“Those who buried 350 Nigerians walk free but our own AbuSidiqu is locked up! @MBuhari #FreeAbusidiq.”
“At the end of the whole hullabaloo, @MrAbuSidiq will be released and he’ll come out a celebrated hero. Thank you @officialefcc #FreeAbusidiq.”
“If you keep quiet when your neigbours house is on fire, you wont find help the day your own house catches fire. Please #FreeAbusidiq.”
“So EFCC has graduated from arresting 419 operators to arresting bloggers. When Mugu meets mumu the bottom falls off..#freeabusidiq.”
RightsAfrica tweeted @chairmanNHRC:
“Blogging isnt a crime. If content of blog is inaccurate, what you do is correct it, not resort to institutional vigilantism.”