Moyinoluwa Olowoyo, a #EndSARS protester, has been detained by the Ekiti State Police Command for 30 days without trial for participating in demonstrations in the state, his family said.
According to The PUNCH, 26-year-old Federal Polytechnic student Ado Ekiti was arrested on October 20, 2020 by the Department of State Services in Ado Ekiti before being turned over to the State Department of Criminal Investigation.
Two days after his arrest, the student was transported to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Force, Abuja for about a week for unknown reasons and then taken back to Ado Ekiti, where he has remained ever since.
Moyinoluwa’s younger brother Olayemi told The PUNCH that his brother was never involved in any violent protests, as all of his protest videos on social media clearly show him warning people against violence.
Olayemi said his brother may have been singled out for being a former member of the opposition Popular Democratic Party.
He said his family was asked to write a letter of apology to the state government led by Governor Kayode Fayemi before he was released.
Olayemi stated: “My brother never attacked anyone. In fact, his videos on Twitter show him asking people not to attack anyone. But he was arrested on October 20, 2020. He works in the Fajuyi market where he sells phones and is also a student at the Ado Ekiti Federal Polytechnic. He is 26 years old. They told me that they detained him in Fajuyi Park. He was arrested by DSS and later turned over to SCID. They said we should go back on October 22, but when we got back they told us they had taken him to Abuja.
“An activist in Abuja, Henry Shield, intervened and the police said they would not release him until they received orders from above. They took him back to the state of Ekiti on October 28.
“One of the activists handling the matter said that the Police Commissioner and the State Attorney General asked that a letter of apology be written before his release and I was against this, but my father agreed to do it for health reasons. of my mother. condition.”
A request for bail from a lawyer, Nkereuwem Akpan, addressed to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Office of Force Intelligence, dated November 3, 2020, stated that Moyinoluwa had not been charged with any crime and yet the police had refused to release him.
Speaking with our correspondent, activist Henry Shield, he said that Ekiti Senator Abiodun Olujimi also tried to intervene, but it seemed that the police were determined to arrest Moyinoluwa for reasons they know best.
Shield said the police had no real reason to bring Moyinoluwa to Abuja in the first place and accused the federal government of running a police state.
He said, “We managed to get the senator involved and she confirmed to us that they were demanding an apology. I understand that the guy’s father wrote the apology, but the police have still refused to release him. There is no court order for his arrest.
“In fact, there was no reason for his transfer to Abuja. In reality, it was thugs who arrested him and handed him over to DSS before the police took over. That’s to show you how lawless Nigeria is. “
But the governor’s spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, denied that the state government had anything to do with Moyinoluwa’s arrest.
Oyebode said the matter was purely a police matter, adding that investigations should be directed to the Police Public Relations Officer.
However, police spokesman Sunday Abutu did not respond to repeated calls or a text message on Saturday.