The Eagle Online News had reported on Monday that ,The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a blogger, 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 by operatives of the EFCC.
Usman is currently being questioned over the alleged offence, which contravenes sections of the Cyber Crime Act.
The suspect, according to the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties.
Following the arrest,The All Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APYF), on Monday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of abusing its powers under the law by sending its operatives to pick up one of the Forum’s founding members, Mr. Abubakar “Abusidiq” Sidiq Usman, on charges of cyberstalking.
A statement released by the EFCC earlier on Monday claimed that Abusidiq was arrested and questioned on offences that allegedly contravened the Cyber Crime Act.
But reacting through Olu Onemola, the National Public Relations Officer of the Forum, the APYF condemned the filing of spurious charges against Abusidiq, stating that if the EFCC’s actions was left unchecked, it could dent the institutional credibility of the financial watchdog and the perception of the adherence to the rule of law of the entire President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
“We will be petitioning the Attorney General of the Federation to call the EFCC and its Chairman to order,” the APYF said.
“We will also be filing a petition with the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges to express our unease on the abuse of institutional powers by one of Nigeria’s leading institutions”, it added.
The APYF also stated that it would be filing a freedom of speech fundamental rights enforcement under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against the EFCC and its Acting Chairman — on whose orders the armed operatives acted.