A Bayelsa based Journalist, Mr Ben Ogidi Bara, has relived his experience in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) over unexplained charges.
Mr. Ogidi Bara, 35, who is the publisher Track News and also served as Senior Special Assistant (SSA) under the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson in Bayelsa State, was arrested on Sunday morning by about 16 operatives of the DSS in the presence of his family.
Bara, while speaking with NAIJA LIVE TV about his ordeal said he was lured back to his house at about 10am on Sunday with the claim that they were interested in his property for rent.
“I got home and was arrested. I demanded to know my crime but they refused to tell me. A hood was used to cover my head and I was taken to the Bayelsa office of DSS.”
“I was left in a room for hours. I was expecting them to tell me my charges but they never showed me any petition against me. They kept on asking me if I had any quarrel with some top Politicians in the Country or if am using my platform to Blackmail powerful politicians”
“They also asked me if I had any dealings with illegal oil bunkerers or had oil bunkering business. I told them I had never had dealings with criminals or been involved in crime and criminality.They also asked me if I had written a report that is controversial and who are the sponsors of my online publication, the Track News. “
He said while he was in the DSS custody, he was only thinking of the welfare of his family and other issues not related to the illegal activities of the DSS against his person.
According to him, “At about evening on Monday, I was taken out of custody and I saw the State Chairman of the NIgerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bayelsa State, Comrade Samuel Numonengi, who had come in relation to my ordeal in the hands of the DSS. I was released without a formal charge against me.”
He also confirmed that his mobile phones are still in the custody of the DSS as at the time of his chat with NAIJA LIVE TV
However , the arrest according to sources may not be unconectedbIt with the ongoing libel suit between the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content,Development and Monitoring Board ,Engr.Simbi Wabote and the Publisher of Point Blank News, Jackson Ude.
DSS operatives had on Sunday arrested Ben Bara Ogidi over alleged controversial unexplained role in the ongoing libel suit involving the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Jackson Ude.
Mr. Mie Ogidi, the senior brother to the arrested publisher, who confirmed the development to newsmen on phone, said Ben’s wife called him that the men were dressed in black top and brown trousers and armed with guns.
While the senior brother, Mie Ogidi, could not confirm reasons for his brother’s arrest. But confirmed that the mobile phones of his arrested brother has been switched off since the arrest.
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