DSS Arrests Edo-Based Comedian ‘Broda Mike’ Over Alleged Incitement

DSS Arrests Edo-Based Comedian ‘Broda Mike’ Over Alleged Incitement

  • The DSS has arrested a social media sensation based in Edo state for speaking against the ills in the society
  • Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, has been detained by the secret police in Benin, the Edo state capital
  • The arrest of the comedian has also been condemned by rights activities and politician, Omoyele Sowore

Benin - A comedian and vlogger, Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Benin, the Edo state capital.

The Punch newspaper reports that Chukwu, who is a skit maker, had recently been using his comedy skits to talk against poor governance, ‘corrupt’ politicians, and insecurity among others.

Politician and rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, condemned the action of the DSS. Photo credit: Omoyele Sowore
Source: Facebook

Chukwu’s mother, Mrs. Magaret Chukwu, said her son was arrested by the DSS allegedly over a video he posted.

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Her words:

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“Na because of the video wey hin post. He was arrested on June 14, 2022.”

When contacted via the telephone, the lawyer to Chukwu, identified simply as Mr Obo, said he was yet to see Chukwu at the DSS facility in Benin.

His words:

“I’ve not seen the charges, but from the video watched thus far, I’m sure they’re going to charge him for inciting the public, and breach of public peace.
“I’ve not heard from the DSS, I’ve not seen him and they’ve not formally charged him to court. So I can’t say what they will charge him for.”

Sowore calls for release of comedian

On his part, human right activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore called for the release of the comedian.

He wrote on Facebook:

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“DSS is using their old worn-out tactic to illegally detain Chukwu Michael Emeka (also known as) #BrodaMike. The vlogger was picked by the agency in the GRA area of Benin City, Edo state on June 14, 2022.
“He’s been denied access to a lawyer procured by an Australian-based Nigeria.
“Earlier today, I spoke with the lawyer and he told me the DSS claimed that they obtained a “court order” to detain him for 14 days and lied that he’d been transferred to Oko prison.
“They did not allow him to see a copy of the said court order or meet with his client. His inquiries so far didn’t show that he was transferred to Oko prison as claimed by the DSS, he’s still languishing in DSS detention in Benin city.
“We’ve offered more legal resources to that of his family lawyer and we’ve asked the DSS to release #BrodaMike without delay.”

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2023: DSS warns against fake news ahead of general elections

The DSS recently revealed that the spread of fake news and hate speeches might pose a major hindrance to the success of the 2023 general election.

The DSS warned Nigerians to neglect any form or fragment of spreading fake news or engaging in hate comments.

DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya also urged media outlets to desist from fake news reportage, adding that it is not the best practice for the profession.

2023: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news

On its part, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.

The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Adeoye Temitope, country director, FactCheck Initiative says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.

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