Oriyomi Hamzat, the Nigerian journalist and Managing Director of Agidigbo 88.7FM, Ibadan, was on Thursday morning arrested by officers of the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report.
SaharaReporters learnt that the State Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police, Eleyele had in a letter dated Monday, May 23 invited Hamzat to be at the office on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 am.
The letter obtained by SaharaReporters reads, “You are cordially invited to interface with the Officer in Charge of the State Intelligence Bureau, State Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan on Tuesday 24th May, 2022 at 11a.m.
“Venue: State Intelligence Bureau, Eleyele, Ibadan. Accept the warmest assurances of the Bureau best regards, please."
It was signed by CSP Peter Ajogwu, the officer in charge of the SIB in Oyo State.
Upon honouring the invitation, Hamza was arrested and handed over to officials of the FIB who transported him to Abuja on Thursday morning.
It was gathered that the arrest was in connection with a petition by the Chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Rahmon Adedoyin who is currently standing trial along with six employees of his hotel, Hilton Hotels, over the alleged murder of a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke.
Adedoyin petitioned the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, alleging defamation, false alarm, incitement and unlawful interference with the police investigation and judicial proceedings.
The petition was addressed to the DIG, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Area 10, Garki, FCT, Abuja; it also copied the Department of State Services (DSS), Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Adedoyin in his letter through his lawyer, Ahmed Aderoju, complained of criminal defamation, false alarm, incitement, false publication, cyberstalking and criminal threat against him by the founder of Agidigbo FM, Hamzat, and others including Babagbade Imo, Woibile and IJKFMB Music yard.
Meanwhile, one of the young men who work with Hamzat told SaharaReporters, “The SIP invited him and handed him over to the FIB, Abuja. The letter is concerning Timothy Adegoke, Adedoyin petitioned them. They initially took him to the airport in Lagos and from there, he was taken to Abuja. He only honoured their invitation.”