JUST IN: Ibadan-based broadcaster Oriyomi Hamzat released, faults allegation of shunning police invitation

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Popular On-air personality and owner of Agidigbo FM, Oriyomi Hamzat, has been let off the hook by the police.

Recall that he was arrested on Thursday, in a move many believed was not unconnected with his consistently advocating for justice in a murder case involving Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife owner, Chief Rahman Adedoyin.

He had made sure he attended the sittings of the court in Osogbo on the case and uploaded proceedings on the social media and his station.

The cheering news of his release was  released on Friday by the management of his radio station in a statement.

The management faulted the claims being touted by the police for Oriyomi’s arrest.

The statement read, “It is with a heart filled with immense gratitude and huge relief that we confirm to the general public that Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat has finally regained his freedom after the arrest that spanned the entirety of yesterday.

“He was released on bail to his lawyers after due conversations with the authorities, particularly with respect to the petition written against him by Rahmon Adedoyin’s lawyers and the validity of his consequent arrest.

“As we have rightly stated yesterday, at no point was Mr. Oriyomi Hamat found guilty of cyberbullying neither did he refuse at any point to not honour invitations from the Nigeria Police Force as wrongly alleged by the Force PRO. Why this false insinuation is being purveyed is completely beyond our grasp.

“Nonetheless, it is at this juncture; that we express our heartfelt appreciation to all Nigerians who stood by us throughout yesterday’s trying moment, and lent their voice to #FreeOriyomiliamat. This might not have been possible; especially this soon, without your amplification of our concerns.

“We also say a huge thank you to the general public who joined in the peaceful protests that were held in Ibadan yesterday, to Nigerians in Diaspora for their prompt reactions, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and to all of our colleagues who considered Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat’s arrest as an injury to one that equates an injury to all.

“We also appreciate the efforts of the legal team led by Barrister Adekunle Ridwan. This wasn’t just an attempt to stem the undue incarceration of a man calling for justice but also an exercise in protecting the sanctity of free speech.

“We’ll keep the general public abreast of further developments. Oriyomi Hainzat is a free man now.”

Recall also that the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said Hamzat was arrested for ‘cyber bullying’ due to a petition  allegedly written against him.

The force image manager also alleged that he (Hamzat) had refused to honour invitations from the police.

Hamzat’s arrest sparked outcry and condemnations from his fans and admirers.

 

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