A comedian and vlogger, Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services in Benin, the Edo State capital.
The PUNCH gathered 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.
Chukwu’s mother, Mrs. Magaret Chukwu, who spoke to The PUNCH via a telephone conversation, Monday, said her son was arrested by the DSS allegedly over a video he posted.
“Na because of the video wey hin post. He was arrested on June 14, 2022,” she told The PUNCH.
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 when he visited.
Speaking on what the blogger could be charged for, Obo, who said he had been on the matter since Friday, said, “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.”
Meanwhile, among other persons that had joined the call for Broda Mike’s release, is the human right activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore.
Posting on his Facebook page on Monday, Sowore said the vlogger was illegally detained after being picked by the DSS in the GRA area of Benin City on June 14, adding that the vlogger had been denied access to his lawyer.
“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,” Sowore said.
Sowore noted that more legal resources had been offered to that of his family lawyer and “we’ve asked the DSS to release #BrodaMike without delay.”
When contacted via phone call on Monday, the DSS Spokesperson, Mr Peter Afunanya, whose line was busy, sent a text requesting that he be chatted or texted instead. However, when chatted via WhatsApp, and also sent a text message over the matter, he did not respond to our correspondent.
The DSS had been noted to have history of arresting activists or individuals considered to be speaking against authorities and detaining them for as long as possible. An instance was the arrest Sowore himself in 2019 after he called for a nationwide protest against hardships in the country and poor governance, tagged “#RevolutionNow.” He was detained for several months by the DSS in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Kizz Daniel Snubbed Show Despite Pleas, Tears – Promoter
A concert promoter in Tanzania, Stephen Uwa, has narrated why Nigerian singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, refused to show up for a concert in Tanzania.
The police on Monday arrested the singer in Tanzania for failure to show up for a paid concert.
Speaking with media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, on Monday night, Uwa narrated what transpired between himself and the Buga crooner.
According to him, Kizz Daniel refused to perform at the event because he (Kizz Daniel) was not with his gold chain.
“He (Kizz Daniel) only said the airline didn’t bring his bag that is why he cannot perform. Because his gold chain is not there. And he had a gold chain on his neck. He wanted everything,” Uwa said.
the show promoted notes that he booked Kizz Daniel through his management, Upfront and Personal Global, headed by Paul Okoye, popularly known as Paul O.
According to him, Paul O cried and begged Kizz Daniel to come for the show too.
“Paul O is the one I booked Kizz from. Paul O cried all night trying to beg this guy ‘Please go to this show’,” Uwa said.
The show promoter added that he paid Kizz Daniel $60, 000 to perform on the show and still had to beg him but the singer didn’t show up.
“Three times, I knelt for Kizz Daniel and I beeged him,” Uwa said
He added, “I paid this guy $60, 000 to perform on this show. I went down on my knees. I was like ‘Bro, you are damaging me. I am trying to build my company here. You are going to damage me’. I begged this guy ‘Save my career, save me’.”
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has announced that the singer has been released from police custody in Tanzania and will return to the country.
Kizz Daniel Released From Tanzanian Police Custody
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has said that singer, Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe, popularly known as Kizz Daniel, has been released from police custody in Tanzania.
A video that went viral on social media on Monday showed the moment Tanzanian authorities arrested the singer.
Although no official statement was issued by the authorities, The PUNCH learnt that the arrest may not be unconnected to the singer’s failure to perform at an event in the country.
Reacting, NiDCOM, in a tweet, revealed that the singer was being held at Oyster Bay Police Station Civil Police in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“We are presently engaging our Mission and see what can be done. We will keep the public posted with our investigation. Thank you,” the Commission added.
Giving an update, NiDCOM said, “Kizz Daniel has been released. His legal team will, however, report back to the police tomorrow while he will subsequently return to Nigeria.”
Buga Crooner, Kizz Daniel Arrested In Tanzania
Singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, has been allegedly arrested in Tanzania after failing to show up for a paid concert in the country.
Fans of the singer who had gathered at the venue of his advertised show in Tanzania left in anger and trashed the place after he failed to show up, viral videos have shown.
The Buga crooner was scheduled to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in Tanzania, on Sunday night, as part of his Afro Classic World Tour.
Following his failure to show up, a video of angry fans trashing the show’s venue had trended earlier.
In fresh videos trending on Twitter, however, the singer wearing a hooded jacket was seen being led into a police vehicle.
Voices could be heard in the background of the videos stating their displeasure with the singer’s attitude.
An angry voice was saying, “You will go in for it. You’ve caused damage in this country. I warned you yesterday.”
Though the singer is yet to address the situation, his fans have knocked him concerning his actions.
A tweep, @poojamedia, said, “Kizz Daniel does it in Nigeria, arrives late for shows & na beg he go just beg. E don carry Naija mentality enter Tanzania, dem don arrest am.”
Another tweep, @olamideofficial said, “The last time I said Kizz Daniel needs to fix up. Some people came for my head. Here we are again. Talent is never enough. If there is something causing these constant issues, it needs to be fixed.”
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