Nigerian Journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi has reportedly been arrested for criticizing Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture. According to Reports, Lai Mohammed ordered the Arrest.
The Journalist was said to have recited a poem on air which criticized Lai Mohammed and he was arrested with his 12 family members, detained by the Federal Investigation Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja.
The CDHR National President, Dr Osagie Obayuwana said: “Mr Jolayemi is said to have been arrested by the police at the instance of the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on account of a poem read over the radio, considered critical of the minister.
“It is worrisome that Alhaji Lai Mohammed would have a hand in the arrest of the wife of Mr Jolayemi, Mrs Dorcas Jolayemi, and two of his brothers who were kept in detention for eight days, nine days and two days respectively as hostages, while the journalist, Mr Rotimi Jolayemi, was being sought.”
“since Mr Jolayemi surrendered himself to the police headquarters at Ilorin, Kwara State on May 6, 2020, he is still being held till date, 12 days later, without being charged to court or granted bail”,