Radio Station Manager in Oyo State Arrested Over Continued Broadcast of Murder Trial, Accused of Cyberbullying

Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat
Managing Director, Agidigbo 88.7FM

Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat, a journalist, Managing Director and founder of Agidigbo 88.7FM in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was on May 26, 2022 arrested by officers of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) of the Nigeria Police and taken to Abuja after he honoured an invitation by the Oyo State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Nigeria Police.

The Oyo SIB had invited Oriyomi, through a letter dated May 23, to come to its office in Ibadan on May 24 at 11 am. He was arrested when he honoured the invitation and handed over to operatives of FIB who took him to Abuja on May 26.

Oriyomi’s arrest is reportedly in connection with a petition by Mr. Rahmon Adedoyin, Chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort in Ile-Ife, Osun State, who is currently standing trial along with six employees of his hotel, over the murder Mr. Timothy Adegoke, a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Ramon, through his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Aderoju, petitioned the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Area 10, Garki, in Abuja, alleging defamation, false alarm, incitement and unlawful interference with the police investigation and judicial proceedings because of Oriyomi’s non-stop reportage of the murder case against Ramon.

Copied in the petition were the Department of State Services (DSS); Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The hotel chairman, in his petition, complained of criminal defamation, false alarm, incitement, false publication, cyberstalking and criminal threat against him by Oriyomi and others including Babagbade Imo, Woibile and IJKFMB Music yard.

The Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on May 26, said Hamzat was arrested for refusing to honour police invitation. He added, “The popular Ibadan-based broadcaster, Oriyomi Hamzat, was arrested in Ibadan today (Thursday, May 26) by our Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) operatives in connection with a case of cyberbullying under investigation.

“Oriyomi’s arrest was sequel to his refusal to honour police invitation severally, which prompted the police to secure a warrant for his arrest. We are looking into the petition written against him for his violation of the Cyber Crime Act 2015, and necessary action will be taken to do justice in the matter”.

On May 27, Oriyomi was released on bail to his lawyers.