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Police detain young pharmacist for nine months for criticising Buhari

Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) of Nigerian police force is  holding a young pharmacist, Solomon Emmanuel Akuma in illegal detention for over 300 days at the FCIID headquarters in Abuja.

Akuma’s father, Solomon Akuma, told PREMIUM TIMES that the police ‘deceived’ him to get his son arrested.

The father, who is a senior pastor at the Truevine Evangelical Mission based in Delta State, said his son, a pharmacist intern with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), was arrested on April 2, 2020, in Aba, Abia State.

The 29 years old Emmanuel was arrested for tweeting that he would “pay a Russian sniper to eliminate Buhari and Kyari”, apparently referring to President Muhammadu Buhari and his then Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who later died of complications attributable to COVID-19 later in the year.

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The tweet was in response to a Twitter post asking respondents what their next move would be if they got $1 million.

The father said he thereafter received a call from a person ”who disguised to be a person seeking to reward him for praying for him in the past.”

“It was me they used as bait to get to my son. They used me as their link. Someone must have dug up my profile and they found out that I was a pastor,” he said.

Akuma was reportedly charged to court for  treasonable felony.  He was said to have been in court twice in nine months, and without legal representation.

Efforts to get  the reaction of  Force Public Relation Officer, Frank Mba, on Tuesday were unsuccessful as repeated calls to his telephone line failed to connect and a message sent to him was not replied.


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