Information and Culture Minister, Alh. Lai Mohammed has come under scrutiny following allegation that he ordered the arrest of a broadcaster, Rotimi Jolayemi, aka Oba Akewi, his wife and two brothers.
The imputation of abuse of power has however been pooh-poohed by Muhammed via his spokesman, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, who said to Punchng.com: “The minister did not order the arrest of anyone. Kindly direct your inquiry to the appropriate authorities.”
The police have also denied knowledge of the incident.
But according to the report by the online news medium, a statement by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, at its disposal said the police arrested Jolayemi’s wife, and brothers at the instance of the Information and Culture Minister after the poet broadcaster criticised him on air
It said, the trio were in detention for days until the man at the centre turned himself in to the police twelve days ago and has been held on to since then without charge(s) pressed against him.
“Mr Jolayemi is said to have been arrested by the police at the instance of the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on account of a poem read over the radio, considered critical of the minister.
“It is worrisome that Alhaji Lai Mohammed would have a hand in the arrest of the wife of Mr Jolayemi, Mrs Dorcas Jolayemi, and two of his brothers who were kept in detention for eight days, nine days and two days respectively as hostages, while the journalist, Mr Rotimi Jolayemi, was being sought,” the paper cited the statement by the civil society group.