The Minority Leader of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan has opened up on his arrest on Wednesday by security operatives.
DAILY POST reports that Aribisogan, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year, was arrested at about 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Speaking on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, Mr. Aribisogan said it was in relation to a report done by Rotimi Brown, a crime reporter with the New Democrat Newspaper, which he publishes, and for which he was required to give information.
The lawmaker said at the point of his arrest by the police, he called the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe, who advised that he should cooperate with the officers.
He said he was arrested by eight police officers in an unmarked vehicle at his house in Ado Ekiti.
He, however, said that some powerful politicians in Ekiti State and some military officers were trying to use the arrest as a tool of propaganda to smear his name.
“I believe some powerful politicians and military officers are afraid of their shadows and want to use this to embarrass and intimidate me to submission,” he said.
“The issue is not about me or any scam; it is about one of our freelance journalists who is investigating a story of alleged involvement of an outgoing governor in South West and some military officers in the on-going Dasukigate trial.
“Apart from being a notable politician, I am a veteran journalist and publisher. I cannot be intimidated or cowed by any politician no matter his status.
“I understand the hazards of the profession as a journalist of so many years. Even as a politician, I know that opponents can go to any length to suppress or subvert the truth, but I believe no public officer should be afraid whenever they are asked to be accountable to the public.
“Journalists are harmless; they don’t carry guns, but their pen. They should be allowed to practise their profession without let or hindrance like other professionals,” he added.