Police detain Solomon Emmanuel Akuma for criticizing Bukhari
The administration has also attempted to suppress freedom of expression through numerous attempts to enact social media laws.
The young pharmacist Solomon Emmanuel Akuma is reportedly being illegally detained for more than 300 days at FCIID headquarters in Abuja.
Several months after his arrest, sources said Mr. Akuma was indicted on false charges, including high treason. Section 35 of Nigeria’s constitution prohibits the authorities from detaining suspects in this way.
The young Nigerian allegedly consistently criticized President Muhammad Bukhari and his administration on social media, and allegedly issued a message from the police, allegedly for threatening the president’s life on Twitter last year.
Despite the obvious facts that Mr. Akuma is a young man who does not have the financial and social means to threaten the president, the police continue to detain him for expressing his thoughts.
According to sources interviewed by the Peoples Gazette, Mr. Akuma is mistreated while being detained by the police, without access to food, medical care, telephone connections and even his family. The young man has only been to court twice since he was arrested for almost a year and had no legal representation.
On the other hand, the Bukhari administration has always defied the rule of law, the Nigerian constitution, and the Nigerian people.
Since its first inauguration in 2015, the administration has violated at least 50 court orders, suppressed citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and failed to protect parts of the country, especially north of Boko’s grip. Haram, banditry and terrorism.
The administration has also attempted to suppress free speech through numerous attempts to enact social media laws.