Nigerians have reacted to a report suggesting that operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, have arrested one of the vocal critics of the Buhari administration, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi.
A statement by an advocate, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa reads: "THE ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION OF BABATUNDE GBADAMOSI BY THE DSS IS CONDEMNABLE
I was informed late on February 22, 2017, that operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, have arrested one of the vocal critics of the Buhari administration, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi and they have now whisked him to an unknown destination. Members of his family and his lawyers were all denied access to accompany him. Those who arrested him have so far not disclosed their identities or their ultimate destination.
It is disheartening now that the DSS has become like a Gestapo organisation, now being deploy by the State to harass citizens and opponents of government. The Constitution has granted a right to personal liberty to every citizen, which right can only be breached upon reasonable suspicion that a criminal offence has been committed and if this is the case, the suspect must be released on bail, or charged to court within 24 hours of arrest, if it is not a capital offence.
My concern now is that Mr. Gbadamosi is being denied access to his family and his lawyers and he is being taken to an unknown destination. Accordingly, we will hold the government responsible for the welfare and state of health of Mr. Gbadamosi whilst he is in the custody of the DSS.
Gbadamosi himself had post the incident on Facebook, saying: "Yesterday, 6 men from the DSS came to deliver a verbal invitation for me to attend their office at CMB Road, Shangisha today.
I have packed a day-bag, just in case they decide to add me to the exclusive club of detained opposition voices.
The struggle to free Nigeria from the clutches of tyranny and corruption must continue, with or without me.
I fear no man, only God the Creator."
Nigerians have reacted to the news, with many saying that the present government is infringing on the rights of the people.
Osy Nkemakolam said: "Its a shame for this govt and party to sink further low. Turning your citizens to prisoners of conscience, that has never worked for any dictator in the long run."
Earnest Olawale said: "Attempts at suppressing opposition should not delight anyone in this nation, not even members of the ruling party.
The effect of destroying opposition is that, everyone will belong to the same party and start killing one another for the few available posts which the ruling party have destroyed opposition for in trying to keep to themselves."
Mary-Jane Chinwe Ejiofor said: "Can you imagine? Nigeria is finished! So we can't even voice out without DSS sending an invitation? Be safe sir!"
Amanda Kirby Okoye was of the opinion that "Freedom of speech died with the last administration. How sad. Go.....but if nobody hears from you by say this evening we must do something.
Harassment of dissenting voices can not improve the status quo! It will only expose the sham!!!"
Bob Olukoya said: "Verbal Invitation! That meant they came to arrest you, most probably without a warrant! Go but with truck load of lawyers."
Malik Shabbazz Abdulmalik said: "Babatunde O. Gbadamosi I did tell you about the cyber security center they set up and I told you that you were being monitored. But let me shaa see what I'd find out. I will communicate with you via the regular channel.
And don't forget to drop your phones. Use a nokia torch light and insert your sim into it before walking into that place."
Rosaline Fadipe was of the opinion: "DSS....not a place to go on your own, Lawyers needed, definitely... hmmn. Especially if its verbal. I pray nothing comes of this visit. I don't think our Democracy has ever been so fragile in Nigeria."
Malik Shabbazz Abdulmalik said: "If they ask you where you get your information from which they will, tell them you pick them from nairaland and then analyse. They will ask you about your business and people you you have done business with .
"Babatunde O. Gbadamosi There will be two people interrogating you, you should continually look one straight in the eye. Stare into his face if you have and don't smile at all."
Doris Oye said: "I think some of us are being hypocrite here, because when buhari was campaigning he said that he will build more prison houses for corrupt politicians but since we only interested in seeing Alison Madueke, Ngozi Okonji weala and Jonathan in prison we never give it a second thought that some of us might be involved that was how buhari got this mandate to intimidate the citizenry."
Adébóyè Adégbénró said: "Civilized way is to demand for a written memo to you.
That way, they could state some if not all the reasons. When that happens, you go through legal means as well as respond to what your legal counsel told you. But of course, they could come get you if the case is so important because they know your residence, that is if that is necessary."