Power-drunk EFCC chairman arrests blogger over story
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested popular blogger, Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman, otherwise known as Abusidiqu, over a recent report he published against the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Friends of the blogger who reached out to The PUNCH said he was arrested by the EFCC operatives early on Monday morning. Confirming the arrest, the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the blogger was arrested for cyber stalking. In a statement, Uwujaren said, “The EFCC today (Monday) arrested Mr. 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 August 8, 2016, by operatives of the EFCC and is currently being questioned over the alleged offence which contravenes sections of the Cyber Crime Act. “The suspect has already been offered administrative bail and would be released to his elected sureties.” Cyber stalking is defined as the repeated use of electronic communications to harass or frighten someone by sending threatening emails or spreading false messages online. Usman’s blog, Abusidiqu.com, published a report titled, ‘EFCC boss, Magu, commences total war with core EFCC staff’ on August 2, 2016. The report stated that members of staff at the EFCC were complaining that they were being bullied by Magu. It stated that Magu was jittery about the delay in his confirmation by the Senate and was beginning to take his paranoia out on his subordinates. According to the report, Magu is a front for one Air Commodore Umar Muhammed, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services. It added that there were allegations that Magu and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, both from Borno State, had been diverting government funds for personal use.