Oriyomi Hamzat – popular Ibadan based broadcaster has been arrested by the Police and whisked to Abuja, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
ENigeria Newspaper understands that Oriyomi Hamzat who is the founder of Agidigbo FM was arrested by men of the Federal Intelligence Bureau – FIB of the Nigerian Police on Thursday morning at his residence in Ibandan, Oyo State.
Sources said that Hamzat has been taken to Abuja for interrogation.
The reason for his arrest has not been disclosed.
According to his allies, the arrest may be connected with his role in the ongoing case of the murder of late Timothy Adegoke.
Hamzat had been calling for justice over the death of Adegoke who was until his death a Master’s student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Adegoke was allegedly killed in a hotel in Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The owner of the hotel, Mr. Rahmon Adedoyin, and his staff have been arrested in connection with the death of Adegoke, a native of Eruwa in Oyo state.
The suspects are still standing trial over the death of the deceased.
Oriyomi Hamzat Arrest, Agidigbo FM reacts:
“ORIYOMI HAMZAT HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE BUREAU OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE ABUJA”
Adebayo Yousuph, Head of Station, Agidigho 88.7 FM, also confirmed the news in a statement issued on Thursday.
Adebayo said Hamzat has been repeated invited for questioning by various security agencies over his call for thorough investigation in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke, OAU MBA student who died at the Hilton Hotel, Ile Ife.
“We have been inundated with repeated calls and messages since the early hours of today following widespread concerns by well-meaning Nigerians home and abroad, our colleagues in the media and the general public about the safety of our Chairman at Sure Etiquelte Media Plus Ltd, the parent company for Agidigbo FM, Ibadan, Agidigbo FM, Lagos and Agidigbo Television, Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat.
“Hence, we will like to use this medium to inform everyone that Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat has in the past few days been subjected to regular invites and questioning by several security operatives, including but not limited to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB); all of which he dutifully honoured and attended to. The premise of these invites and questioning is unconnected with his consistent call for due diligence in the trial of Chief Rahman Adegoke Adedoyin over the death of Timothy Adegoke who died under unfortunate circumstances in the former’s hotel in Osun State.
“It would be realized that Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat’s constant call for justice for the deceased has been a source of concern for the accused.
“However, the entire situation began to escalate when the SIB started plans to hand over Mr. Hamzat to the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and in the early hours of today, Thursday, 26′ of May, 2022, he was arrested and as we speak has been whisked away to Abuja.
“We seek to reiterate here to well-meaning Nigerians, the media and the general public, that the reason for which Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat was arrested is his defiant call for justice for Timothy Adegoke and extensive support for the deceased’s family. We, therefore appeal to all Nigerians to kindly lend their voice to ensure that Oriyomi Hamzat won’t be subjected to inhumane treatment and undue incarceration just for standing for the truth and for humanity.
“We are strengthened by the staunch support and camaraderie from several corers so far and we promise to keep
the general public abreast of further developments.”
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