A detained Youtuber, Israel Balogun, has regained his freedom from the custody of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Balogun was detained on Wednesday after failing to meet his bail conditions.
Before his detention, the 38-year-old was interrogated by the personnel of the FCIID over allegations of criminal defamation and cyber stalking of the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Balgoun was interrogated for about four hours and later detained with stringent bail conditions.
However, after regaining his freedom on Thursday, Balogun told PUNCH Metro, “I want to really appreciate you; thank you so much; I am so happy. Thank you for your support. To be candid, they (the police) did not beat me.”
Balogun’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, stated that his client was released after his bail conditions were met, adding that they would be on the lookout to know the next line of action.
He said, “He (Balogun) has been released; I just got him out of the cell. We have met his bail conditions and he was released around 6 pm. This case is a reminder that we have a long way to go as a country; our policing system needs thorough reform because this case was not handled properly.
“If anybody can just write a petition and a citizen, who honoured police invitation on account of that petition, is detained without a basis; it is not proper. It shouldn’t be the case that anybody who has money can use the police to harass people, which is what is happening in this case
“It is very unfortunate that we have to go through all the stress. We will be watching for what they are going to do, but if there is a need for us to enforce his right, we are going to do so. If they are willing to prosecute him, we are ready.”