Group demands justice for detained blogger, Kemi Olunloyo

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo in prison uniform [Photo: Naij.com]

A civil advocacy group, OurMumuDonDO Movement, has demanded justice for social media enthusiast and daughter of former governor of old Oyo State, Kemi Olunloyo.

It made this demand in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Adebayo Raphael, while expressing disapproval on the prolonged incarceration of Ms. Olunloyo at the Port Harcourt Maximum Prisons, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Ms. Olunloyo was arrested in Lagos State for allegedly publishing a story believed to be offensive to a popular cleric, David Ibiyeomie.

She was taken to Port Harcourt where she was arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Port-Harcourt and remanded in prison before the case was later transferred to the Federal High Court.

The group said her protracted incarceration belies the fundamental principles upon which Nigeria’s legal system and even the correctional facility where she is being held was established.

Part of the statement read: “It is extremely disheartening that one of the finest investigative female journalists in Nigeria has been unlawfully kept in detention since October 12, 2017, allegedly over a controversial issue involving her and a renowned Nigerian pastor.

“Even more disheartening is the manner in which the Nigerian people, the Christian community, and indeed the legal system in Nigeria has seemingly become disinterested in ensuring that justice is tempered in this case involving Kemi Olunloyo.

“Regardless of whatsoever personal opinion anyone may hold against Ms. Olunloyo, the fact remains that no Nigerian deserves to be treated less as a human as she is currently being treated.

“Ms. Olunloyo, like every other Nigerian, has the right to freedom of expression and fair hearing. If at all she is guilty as charged, she deserves to be legally and publicly tried instead of being kept for a long period of time in an unkempt and stenchful prison facility.”

The group therefore called on ‘every Nigerian with a conscience’ to speak for Ms. Olunloyo, stating that she needs the voices of Nigerians at this time.

“We ask every Nigerian who believes in the principles of Human Rights and Freedom of Speech to demand justice for Ms. Olunloyo not only because she is a journalist but because she is a Nigerian who should be protected by the law, like the rest of us”, it said.

The group further urged the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Rivers State government, and every concerned authority to swiftly intervene in the matter and ensure that Kemi Olunloyo gets justice.

“We believe that justice delayed is justice denied, and Ms. Olunloyo, like every other Nigerian, deserves better than she is currently being served”, it said.


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  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Shame on the Nigerian judiciary which can be manipulated by the whim of a VIP to deny a citizen her fundamental right to free expression which can only be curbed through a litigation. A cleric that will use a complicit judge to incarcerate another Nigerian for any reason is not worthy to carry Christ’s cross.

  • sola oludele

    That tells you how corrupt our judiciary is. And known criminals in high authorities are walking freely in our society.

  • FineBoy

    Thank God it’s not Federal Government.

    APC, Buhari and Fulani spared

  • Suleiman Alatise

    She must control her mouth next time.

    • Pawa2

      That is the most illiterate statement ever.

    • iwe paul

      You are a pig!! A very big one!

    • Idowu

      What about freedom of expression. You leave your sense for house?

      • Suleiman Alatise

        As you can see in her case, freedom of expression is guaranteed, what is not guaranteed is freedom after expression.

    • newday

      with people like u, Nigeria needs to be divided into at least 2, one for freedom lovers & the other for caliphate clowns. The fact that she was even arrested, is a set back for Nigeria.

  • Boss

    Does she not have a lawyer representing her? Libel or whatever the charge is is bailable so why is she not on bail? Is there no lawyer in this group who can take up the case in court? Why not use the court process?
    People criticize government for interfering in court process but turn around to ask government to intervene in court process. This group will do well to brief a lawyer to take up the matter unless they want to use it for publicity.

  • Pawa2

    Although I am not particularly fond of Kemi Olunloyo, the way she has been treated is a disgrace to the Nigerian judiciary and an indication that many of these so called evangelists are fake preachers/prophets and egomaniacs. The most annoying thing is the tinge of tribalism that appears accompany this case. The questions are:

    1, If Olunloyo committed an alleged offence in Lagos why was she taken for trial in Port Harcourt, where I guess David Ibiyeomie has influence? She will also find it easier to find representation in Lagos compared to Lagos.
    2. Why has she not been allowed bail for what is a very trivial non-criminal offence?
    3. Where are all these lawyers (especially those from Kemi Olunloyo’s area) who claim to fight for human rights when it comes to this blatantly unjust treatment and blatant humiliation of this lady? Is it because the case is not attracted enough attention to enable them to advertise and promote themselves and their organisations in the name of being charitable? Surely, if these lawyers assumed initially that Olunloyo had the means to hire lawyers to defend her, it must be apparent by now that this is not the case.

  • Opekete

    The police and the judiciary in Nigeria are two sides of the same counterfeit coin.

  • Pluti

    A pastor Doing this to a Nigerian and he still has members supporting his actions in his church. I guess the pastor Ibiyeomie is a disgrace to humanity. Human rights lawyers like Festus Keyamo and others should please help this lady out.

    • The Truth

      Festus Keyamo is among newly appointed board members – he is now among them. He is no longer for masses.

  • newday

    Nigerian democracy is the worst it’s been since 1960 with individuals being denied free speech which PMB vowed to protect.

  • Kenny

    Where is NUJ in all this? Perhaps she wasn’t registered or paying her dues? Charly boy should hire a Senior Advocate other than playing to the gallery. The oppression in his home state, Imo is @ alarming proportion yet he hasn’t taken to the streets.