Oby Ezekwesili arrested, released

A former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, was Monday morning arrested by security agents at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,  Abuja, as she tried to travel to London for a scheduled engagement.

The operatives confiscated her travelling documents as well.

She was however released after the government came under intense pressure as news of her arrest flooded the social media and travelled around the country, with many Nigerians lambasting the administration for increasingly clamping down on critics and members of the opposition.

Mrs. Ezekwesili had tweeted at 7:37 a.m. Monday that she was heading to London to appear on the BBC Hardtalk programme but was prevented from boarding her flight by security operatives.

Is this a democracy? I am being detained by the SSS at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport . The SSS has refused to give my passport to me,” she posted. “On my way to London this morning for my @BBCHARDtalk appearance billed for tomorrow and the SSS has detained me by withholding my passport.”

These tweets soon went viral within minutes with several Nigerians on social media lampooning the government and calling for the immediate release of the former minister.

At 8:03 am, Mrs. Ezekwesili tweeted that the operatives had released her passport.

“SSS has released it. Just barely made the BA flight. Last to board @ 7.55 for an 8.00 am flight that is now taxiing. Is this democracy?” she wrote. “No one can seize my democratic rights. I refused to let the SSS get away with trampling on my constitutional right.”

The former minister is one of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group, which has been consistently pressurising the Nigerian government to act more decisively in rescuing the over 250 schoolgirls abducted from their dormitory by the extremist Boko Haram sect over three months ago.

A former World Bank executive, Mrs. Ezekwesili is a renowned anti-corruption campaigner and she has in the past year become one of the most vociferous critics of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

She has accused the administration of widespread corruption and has repeatedly demanded accountability on the use of the nation’s oil revenues.

The #BringBackOurGirls group she leads has become a thorn in the flesh of the administration with the government making unsubstantiated allegations to discredit the campaigners.

The administration recently hired an American Public Relations firm to help it counter the narratives being pushed by the activists regarding the government’s effort to rescue the missing girls.

 

 

 


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  • oluwale

    very good up security

    • Wähala

      So, why did “security” panic and release her and her passport? Dem for hold’am see firestorm. Animals!

      • Shehu Monguno

        Wahala, panic? do you know how many people are held, interrogated and released at our airport everyday? where were the opposition and social media when Nyako was been impeached? why did they not put pressure on the government?

        • Wähala

          Don’t tell me you believe this is routine interrogation, are you that gullible? Murtala Nyako was a crook whose impeachment I welcome, but do unto other crooks as you have done unto Nyako… is my belief. Any impeachment for corruption, incompetence, abuse of power, ineptitude and financial recklessness that does not begin with Dr. Dumbo is window dressing the war on corruption… Shikena!

          • Shehu Monguno

            I believe because I was fortunate to have stopped and interrogated by the DSSS on my way Sudan last year. Very professional guys

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Very well spoken, Wahala.

            Thanks

        • Audu Dakas

          You really don’t know what you’re saying. I wouldn’t have wasted my time to respond to your ignorant way of thinking, if not for the fact that I notice you’re always displaying this ignorance. Oby, Nyako, and the rest are fighting for ignorant people like you. If not for what they’re fighting for, people like you wouldn’t have even had the chance to write on this media and be listened to. So please, you need to really go to school.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Audu, fighting for ignorant people like me? really educate me. I did not know that Murtala Nyako and Oby are the new Gani Fawehinmi. Please where was Oby when Obasanjo sent soldiers to Zaki Biam and Odi?

  • Braun

    Travelling to continue dragging this country’s name through the mud. We have now left the Chibok matter and are now discussing Oby and even the Levick contract which she exposed. She’s made herself the center of attraction. She needs to stop playing politics with people’s lives.

    • Wähala

      F*ol, if your sister were among the kidnapped, would you have had enough of this? Hypocrite. I hope kidnappers tow your mama to the nearest jungle and rape the pile out of her backside… then, you will realize what others are feeling!

      • onuoha vic

        i am suspecting you wahala…..i am coming for you very soon

        • Wähala

          Verpiss dich!
          Come and get your ahnus ripped out and handed to you with dripping blood. Baztard. Am I supposed to be scared or what? Modaforker, how I wish I can wrap my hands around your neck right now. Ode!

          • Tonnero

            Slow down. Don’t let these guys aggravate you too much.

  • solomon

    Shot the bastard please earlier the better for Nigerians. I hate her so much.

    • True Nigerian

      If everyone hated by others are simply shot, would you be here to ask for Oby to be shot? You would be gone long time ago. Can you see how tiny your mind is? You have a very tiny mind, so tiny that it rubbishes your humanity and education.

    • Wähala

      I wonder why Punch Editors allowed your comment airtime. If we go about shooting everyone we hate, imagine what Nigeria would look like… Tomorrow, you will be the loudest in your fake pastor’s church speaking in tongues and shouting Alleluia. Idi*tic you, st*pid you!

  • True Nigerian

    Democracy rubbished by Jonathan who is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the same democracy that he is rubbishing!
    Simply, Jonathan has to go! Enough of this eyesore!

  • ayobami

    why is this lady crying more than the bereave,is she not aware that more than 2 million indigbo children were massacred during the civil war and much more killed in the north after the civil war,is it not a shame that this woman can not join hands with her kin and kith to demand for the urgent payment of 2 trillion naira reparation as demanded by the igbo nation.

    • EJAMA

      You pple and money.

    • e_orpheus

      Very short sighted view.

    • The Man

      Your name should change from AYObami to WEREbami, judging from the way you write.

    • Wähala

      She still looks better than your mama…
      Since when did ewedu lovers start worrying about reparation for war crimes committed by your uncle Tief Awolowo?

      • ayobami

        the only person that this ugly woman looks better than in the whole world is the APE OF OTA also known as OBJ

        • Solaside

          you can see that both of you are ibos. No yoruba will call OBJ ape even though we disagree with him.

      • Mosaku 147

        Wahala is this truly you?or someone is impersonating you. Na wa oooo.

        • Wähala

          It’s me alright… with the umlat (ä), there’s no doubting God’s chosen few!

      • Tonnero

        Trust me, Ayobami is not Yoruba. I like your independent thinking and your pursuit of truth and integrity but disagree with you on Awolowo. I suspect if you do your own research rather than take the general Igbo position on Awolowo, you might be surprised at what you find. I urge you to do so.

  • abujakenneth

    The government has no right to unjustly trampled on any bodies inalienable rights. But I disagree with Mrs Obiageli that the government is not doing enough to rescue the girls. The FG might not have done enough initially but not any more.

    • Wähala

      So, what has changed… are the girls now free?

      • djay

        lol

    • wode

      I guess you wont make the same comment if your daughter or sister were to be among the girls. Do you know that it’s going to 3 months now that these girls have disappeared? So, what exactly are they doing? When last has the President addressed Nigerians about this issue and many others bedeviling the country? If not for this movement – #BringBackOurGirls – I doubt if anybody would be saying anything about the girls again. Can you imagine the anguish that the parents of the girls are in since the incident?

  • Shehu Monguno

    She was however released after the government came under intense pressure as news of her arrest flooded the social media with many Nigerians lambasting the administration for increasingly clamping down on critics and members of the opposition – I continue to laugh. Social media indeed

    • Wähala

      Aborigine tout like you, why hide under aboki name? Very soon, Dumbo will be caged in Abuja like Abacha…
      And like Abacha he will end up. Power drunk creek crook.

      • Shehu Monguno

        Wahala, Aborigine? I thought they are found only in Australia? I am from Kaganam in Monguno local government are of Bornu state. Please where are you from?

        • Oomar

          You just gave yourself up. A person from monguno can never spell Borno as Bornu.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Oomar really? please what was the original spelling of Borno? Go back to history and see how it was originally spelt. Your BORNO state today was a part of the BORNU empire between 1380 and 1893. The same applies to Zauzau which is now been spelt as Zaria today.

          • Candido

            Then you’re a distraction or have something to do with the girls in captivity!

          • Shehu Monguno

            A distraction, No. I can give you the names of 5 Nigerians who are not members of the opposition and have been delayed for at least 30 minutes by the Nigerian Immigration Service

        • Shehu

          I DOUBT IT MUCH. IF IT IS SO, THEN YOU ARE AS DUMB AS THE DUMBO JONAHARAM. YOU ARE A PAID AGENT.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Doubt what, please be specific

    • Tonnero

      You are either a very dishonest person or not smart at all if you say you believe SSS held up Oby for 30 minutes checking her passport for routine reasons.

      • Shehu Monguno

        Tonnero, on my last trip to Sudan I was held for over 30 minutes by the Nigerian Immigration Service and
        held for about an hour by the DSSS. Both organizations ran my details in their data bank and even sent my details to Interpol. I was allowed to go after I came out clean. I know at least 5 people who also went through this. I must admit, they were very professional about it

  • Tufiakwa

    Ezekwesili is an anti-corruption crusader? I beg your pardon. And she is going to London to be interviewed by the BBC’s Hardtalk. Really? Are reporters not supposed to be travelling to interview experts and officials? Inferiority complex period. Can you imagine Michael Gove, former British education minister travelling to Lagos to smear the ever fumbling British government in an interview with Channels TV? Excuse me, if British security officials interview Ezekwesili on her arrival in one of London’s airports (as they interview hundreds of Nigerians daily) will it be news, will it be called an arrest, will be trampling on her human rights? Mrs Ezekwesili was part of the most corrupt government Nigeria ever had, so I hope she has the decency to tell Hardtalk a little bit about her time in government.

    • wode

      Where was the President, GEJ and also, on separate occasions, the coordinating Minister for Economy, Okonjo-Eweala interviewed on the the CNN’s Amanpour’s program. I guess it was in Abuja, right? If you don’t know how stuff works it’s better to keep quite, please.

      • Mosaku 147

        You guess but you are not sure. Please comment when you are sure,for now keep quite too.

      • Tufiakwa

        Those people were interviewed while on prearranged missions abroad, like conferences and a range of other engagements abroad. You do not jump into a plan to go and be interviewed by BBC in London. In this age of Skype. The presenters of that programme travel all around the world to interview people for Hardtalk. But talkative Ezekwesili will rather spend her “hard earned money” to go and do her usual shouting in London. Nigeria’s so called leaders whether in government now or have been in one before (and are now angry for being out of government) are all the same. What is annoying is for them to claim to be fighting for me (especially flying to London to talk to people – like those in BBC – who do not really wish Nigeria well).

  • charles

    If we have 6 courageous men and women like her we shouldn’t be where we are today…almost a failed state…more grease to ur elbow Oby….look forward to listening to ur hard talk…

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Would love to have this woman as our President.

      Even if for only 4 years.

      Nigeria would never be the same afterwards.

      • mike

        BIG yes, She is stronger than most men in govt

  • Well being

    According to the news.”Mrs. Ezekwesili had tweeted at 7:37 a.m. Monday that she was heading to London to appear on the BBC Hardtalk programme but was prevented from boarding her flight by security operatives.

    At 8:03 am, Mrs. Ezekwesili tweeted that the operatives had released her passport.

    “SSS has released it. Just barely made the BA flight. Last to board @ 7.55 for an 8.00 am flight that is now taxiing. Is this democracy?” she wrote. “No one can seize my democratic rights. I refused to let the SSS get away with trampling on my constitutional right.”

    Oby…..i see you as a woman of SUBSTANCE but the turnout of events in the past few months have proved me otherwise.

    Anything you are doing …….just remember you are a mother that should preach peace not disintegration.
    ………………………… you are made by God and not by Humans.
    ………………………… you are supposed to be a bridge builder not otherwise.
    …………………………. you should earn popularity/recognition and not imposing yourself on ppl.
    ………………………….. smartness is not Wisdom.
    ………………………….. when God says YES, no one can say NO.

    ……………………………………. THERE IS GOD.

    • wode

      What a flagrant display of mediocrity and ignorance!

    • charles

      hows she imposing herself? what exactly is ur point cos I couldn’t pick anything…you sound like all these ethnic and religious jingoist…

    • Naijaman

      What the eff are you talking about? How is she not “a woman of substance?” By the way, Is this a religious forum? Please shift!

  • Young

    They can’t do anything to you, keep moving, we’re behind you. Truth always remain truth, this government would surely lost 2015 IN JESUS NAME

  • Devil is a liar

    It is only in Nigeria that people seek cheap popularity by selling their patriotic souls to the devil. Do you ever see other nationals with all their wahala blaming government for everything under the sun? Isn’t that the height of being unpatriotic. Foolish Nigerians will be jumping up and down for the wrong thing rather than support the security forces. Have you seen Obama’s critics going to BBC hard talk to talk about the US supporting Hamas. Crazy bunch with inferiority complex.

    • omo olomu

      coward

  • Rommel

    Shame on this man who calls himself president

  • umar ardo

    “Mrs. Ezekwesili had tweeted at 7:37 a.m. Monday …..” “At 8:03 am, Mrs. Ezekwesili tweeted that the operatives had released her passport”. “Last to board @ 7.55 for an 8.00 am flight that is now taxiing”. Analysis: That means she was ‘arrested’ for 18 minutes, from 7:37 to 7:55! I think she will go into the Guinness Book of Record of having the shortest arrest in the world. And,it is within these 18 minutes that “the government came under intense pressure as news of her arrest flooded the social media and traveled around the country, with many Nigerians lambasting the administration for increasingly clamping down on critics and members of the opposition”. Please, Premium times, spin another yawn; this one does not jell.

  • nd newman

    Allah must destroy APC

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP Omisore is a criminal who belong in prison for the assassination of a serving A.G. & minister of justice in Nigeria,Chief Bola Ige on December 23,20101.Omisore was indicted but PDP gotten him out.PDP is truly a nest of killers and axis of corruption practioners and looters of our economy.