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After 138 days in custody, Ogun blogger gets freedom

A blogger in Ogun State, Hammed Olamilekan, has been released after spending 138 days behind bars.

Olamilekan got into trouble when he wrote an article on the alleged criminal past of the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

After appearing before the Federal High Court 1 in Abeokuta, his lawyer, Habeeb Whyte, confirmed his release.

“Yes, he has been released. The case was struck out,” he told the Punch.

The blogger, popularly known as Labash, was arrested mid-may. The lawyer who was earlier handling his case, Festus Ogun, had said that Olamilekan was detained on Friday, May 13, after he honoured an invitation by the Ogun State command of the secret police.

He accused Governor Abiodun of instigating the blogger’s arrest, adding that Abiodun had the right to challenge the publication in court instead of using the Department of State Security Services to harass the reporter.

However, the Ogun State Government denied Governor Abiodun’s involvement in the blogger’s arrest.

Labash’s lawyer, Ogun, had insisted on the governor’s involvement, as he released a document reportedly forwarded to the Ogun State Police Command by the State Security Services, where the governor was linked to the blogger’s arrest.

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