Police Detain Publisher over Alleged Cyberstalking

Ayodele Samuel,
Publisher, Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper

On July 25, 2022, the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja detained the publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper, Mr. Samuel Ayodele, after he honoured an invitation over a petition written against him by the lawmaker representing Taraba South Senatorial District and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

Oloye Ayodele had to travel from Jalingo in Taraba State to Abuja to honour the invitation.

In an alert sent to journalists, Oloye Ayodele informed media colleagues that he was honouring a police invitation at the FCID.

In the alert he said: “I’m honouring a police invitation at the FCID, Abuja over a petition (I don’t know who the petitioners are or the content of the petition) but as a law-abiding citizen, I have honoured the invitation with a lawyer provided by the Media Rights Agenda (MRA).

“I feel it’s necessary to inform you and seek your support in case things go south.”

It was at the station that the publisher was informed that the petition was from Senator Emmanuel Bwacha. He was also then shown the petition which accused him of defamation of character, cyber stalking and malicious publication. He was thereafter interrogated

Oloye Ayodele Samuel who is also the CEO of Rock FM in Jalingo, Taraba State, was release the following day, July 26.