Detained Nigerian opposition leader allowed to meet wife after seven days

Babatunde Gbadamosi

Sade Gbadamosi, the wife of Babatunde Gbadamosi, an opposition party chieftain who was arrested nearly a week ago, says she has been allowed to see her husband in custody.

The meeting, which happened around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, was the first between the couple since Mr. Gbadamosi was arrested exactly week ago.

“I just saw my husband, he is well. Alleluyah!! God is good! Thanks for your love and prayers!!” She said in a message to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Gbadamosi said she saw her husband at the SSS headquarters. She did not give further details.

The meeting followed intensified calls for Mr. Gbadamosi’s release, with many Nigerians and civic groups slamming the SSS for holding him incommunicado and without charge.

“By holding him incommunicado, the SSS has violated the fundamental rights of the detainee to personal liberty and fair hearing,” human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said Wednesday.

Mr. Falana said he was “compelled to demand” Mr. Gbadamosi’s “immediate and unconditional release” after being duly briefed about his ordeal.

“In the alternative, the SSS should charge him to court forthwith if there is evidence that he has committed any criminal offence known to law.”

Mr. Falana said the SSS’ actions of illegal detention was a throwback to the military era.

“Even under the defunct military junta, the arrest and detention of political detainees and economic saboteurs were justified by the military dictators under preventive detention decrees.

“Notwithstanding that the obnoxious decrees have been repealed, the SSS has continued to breach the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people in utter breach of the relevant provisions of the Constitution which have guaranteed them,” he stated.

Over the weekend, Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, lampooned the SSS for the poor treatment meted out to Mr. Gbadamosi who acted as a responsible citizen and honoured the invitation from the secret police.

“It is only in a banana republic that someone will honour invitation of security agency, only for him to be bundled into any available plane and moved from Lagos to Abuja without telling anyone what his offences were,” the governor said.

On Tuesday, Mr. Gbadamosi’s lawyers filed a motion at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court seeking enforcement of his fundamental rights to freedom, liberty and life.

Despiting being allowed to meet him today, Mrs. Gbadamosi said she still didn’t have an idea when her husband will be released.

Calls for Mr. Gbadamosi’s freedom had been trending under the hashtag #FreeBOG for several days, and an online petition that was created to press for his release had garnered 460 supporters as at 7:46 p.m. Wednesday.


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  • Riseup Nigeria

    Falana have lost every moral right to crusade as a human right activist. Falana is shameless partisan ethnic bigot.he should be ashamed of himself for crusading for human rights on the shameful bases of tribal marks.
    On a more serious note,Nigerians must rise up now to demand that buhari and his government must abide by the dictates of democracy or resign.
    This nation can not afford a return to dictatorship.

    • You are on your own.

    • Nelson Cole

      Who are you? Who knows you? What exactly have you suffered for the common man? This is a man who has been detained time without numbers fighting for the common man, and you are here abusing him through an anonymous handle on the internet, Guy you no try at all.

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  • Shahokaya

    Every crook now hides under the opposition banner.

    • xandril

      Are you sure you are well informed on this man’s detention. Please seek for enlightenment before it get too late

  • Ben Ikari

    Although I sympathize with this man’s situation and adding my voice to the calls for his immediate and unconditional release, or that he should be charged where probable cause for indictment exist and be released on bail to stand trial, what is the “hallelujah” by his wife here for when her husband is in jail and he/she isn’t sure when he will be released? Is jail a fun prayer house or church that when people are whisked in more hallelujah is chanted for celebration or gyration; by the way, where was the so-called God when he was arrested, where is he/she (God) now that this man is jailed that his wife believe chanting hallelujah mean anything but misconception and action to nowhere? The only thing that frees people from jail, whether unlawfully or lawfully arrested is legal proceeding that shows merits and innocence, and pressure, where such arrest or detention is politically motivated, not the God of white Europeans! I really weep for these Nigerians, Africans, all others who in the face of reality remain confused, ignorant about this European God created by Europeans whose existence is much younger than ancient Africans so can’t teach today’s Africans about Adam and Eve as alleged first parents when Africans were already in existence before the so-called first parents’ concocted stories. This European God (though untrue) allegedly empowered white to enslave and colonize, stole from Africans and still exploiting and oppressing blacks all over the world—a bad legacy most criminals misnamed politicians and rulers of Nigeria copied and are making mockery of the African continent and black race.

  • Watch man

    I urge every commentator to kindly visit “newsrescue” website to read why Babatunde was arrested. Also, visit “leadersNG” to read more. It was the revelations that came from this man that exposed CBN thoroughly leading to the appreciation of naira from N525/$ to N415/$ in one week. You will weep for Nigeria after reading the expose.