Contrary to press release issued by the spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Wilson Uwujaren that Mr Abubakar Sidiq Usman who was harassed and picked up in his home on Monday morning by armed men from the agency has been released; we can report authoritatively that it is not true.
Our sources in the anti graft agencies revealed that the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has vowed to deal with Usman for persistently reporting on his corrupt activities.
To achieve his aim, he demanded that two sureties who must be Directors in the civil service must stand as guarantor before they will let him go. According to impeccable sources, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Bashir Ahmed and other concerned friends had gone to the EFCC office, Abuja where Usman is being held to ask for his release but their request was turned down diplomatically.
Ironically, Usman who publishes abusidiqu.com is a prominent member of the Buhari Media Organisation that promotes the government policies while defending it against citizens’ backlash.
Earlier on Monday, the EFCC in a statement claimed that Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman was arrested for offences bordering on cyber stalking.
“The suspect who is the publisher of Abusidiqu.com was picked up at his Kubwa, Abuja home in the early hours of Monday August 8, 2016 by operatives of the EFCC and is currently being questioned over the alleged offence which contravenes sections of the Cyber Crime Act”.
“The suspect has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties”, the EFCC said in the statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity