- The DSS has arrested a social media sensation from Edo State for speaking out against society’s ills
- Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, has been arrested by the secret police in Benin, capital of Edo State
Benin – Chukwu Emeka, a comedian and vlogger commonly known on social media as Broda Mike, was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Benin, capital of Edo state .
Punch newspaper reports that Chukwu, a skit maker, had recently taken drugs.
Chukwu’s mother, Ms. Magaret Chukwu, said her son was allegedly arrested by the DSS been told about a video he posted.
“Well because of the video we are posting. He was arrested on June 14, 2022.”
When contacted by phone, Chukwu’s attorney, identified simply as Mr. Obo, said he was not yet in Chukwu Office would see DSS facility in Benin.
“I haven’t seen the indictments but from the video viewed so far I am sure they will charge him with sedition and breach of the peace.
“I haven’t heard from the DSS, I haven’t seen him and they haven’t formally charged him in court. So I can’t say what they will accuse him of.”
Sowore calls for the comedian’s release
His part, human rights activist and President Omoyele Sowore, candidate of the African Action Congress, called for the comedian’s release.
He wrote on Facebook:
“DSS is using their old attrition-out tactics to bring Chukwu illegally arresting Michael Emeka (aka) #BrodaMike. The vlogger was selected by the agency in the GRA area of Benin City, Edo State on June 14, 2022.
“He was denied access to a lawyer procured by an Australia-based Nigerian.
“I spoke to the lawyer this morning and he told me the DSS claimed they had obtained a ‘court order’ to hold him for 14 days and lied that he was transferred to Oko Prison been.
“They did not allow him to see a copy of said court order or to meet with his client. His investigations so far have not revealed that he was transferred to Oko Prison as claimed by the DSS, he still languishes in DSS custody in Benin City.
“We have offered his family’s lawyer more legal remedies and we have asked the DSS to release #BrodaMike immediately.”
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