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Arrested for a Tweet: Martin Obono, Nigerian Lawyer and Activist Released on Bail

A Nigerian lawyer and activist, Martin Obono, who was earlier arrested over a tweet, has been released by the Police.

Obono was arrested for tweeting that the Nigerian Police were trying to truncate a rape case involving his clients.

“Five days ago, my clients reported a rape case. The suspect used Police to turn the case on its head and got the Ladies detained the girls in same cell with men. I was livid. It didn’t end there, they asked them to bring a level 14 civil servant, C of O to surety their bail,” he wrote.

The tweet led to his arrest on Friday and he was taken to a police station in Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

“I’ve been released but they want me to sign bail. I’ve been contesting it. But the human right chairman is now here. Deji signed the sheet of paper but I refused to the whatever charge they said”, Obono disclosed on Friday.

The matter is with the Zone 7 police in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

The activist-lawyer later narrated his experience on his Twitter handle.

 

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