Thursday, June 24, 2021

SSS arrests former Daily Trust editor for supporting #RevolutionNow


Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, have arrested a former Politics Editor of Daily Trust, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu for allegedly supporting the activities of #RevolutionNow, a group agitating for revolution in Nigeria.

The convener of the #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, was picked up by the service operatives in the early hours of Saturday in his hotel in Lagos.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the secret service operatives stormed Mr Dan-Halilu’s Rigachikun residence in four SUVs around 2am on Monday and whisked him away.

His distraught wife, Rabiatu, told DAILY NIGERIAN that they first seized and sought access into their phones before finally picking him alone.

“They identified themselves as DSS operatives, collected all our phones and then asked me to follow them into our room, where they dialled his number in my phone.

“When they saw that his number is stored in my phone, they asked me where is the owner of the line. And I said it was my husband’s line.

“They then asked him to dress up and go to their office.”

Spokesman for the SSS, Peter Afunnaya, is yet to respond to DAILY NIGERIAN text message, seeking the service response on the matter.

Checks by DAILY NIGERIAN however show that Mr Dan-Halilu had posted on his Facebook timeline that he was in support of the activities of #RevolutionNow.

Below is the ‘incriminating post’ he made on August 3.

I feel I should share because it resonates with me. If resonates with you too, please share until all oppressed people of Nigeria get the message and domesticate it. This is #Not the Nigeria of My Dream.

The aim of the revolution is to challenge the uncommon hardship; challenge why we have 16m children on the street; challenge why we have become the poverty capital of the world; challenge why we have 20 persons with corruption cases as federal legislators and would-be Ministers. We need to restructure the country. We need to put an end to trillions spent on electricity while we live in darkness and pay estimated bill for electricity and meters. Why do we have huge oil reserves but refineries are dead and we are re-importing what we exported as crude oil? It is time to ask why those in govt travel abroad for medical care when they have left our hospitals dilapidated; why they send their children to school abroad when our children learn under mango trees. We are revolting against the continuing killings that have left 20,000 Nigerians dead while those in office move around under state paid security and do nothing. We are revolting because over a thousand Nigerian soldiers killed by boko haram have been secretly buried without identifiable graves, dignity or honour. $16m was purportedly spent on mosquito nets but our children die daily from malaria. $320m Abacha loot was purportedly distributed to the poor. Where is the verifiable list?
N500billion was purportedly distributed to the poor as so-called trader-moni. Where is the verifiable list? Our senators earn far more than the American President yet we are borrowing to finance our entire 2019 budget. Unemployment rate will jump to 33.5% in 2020. The UN general assembly has projected that Nigeria shall remain the poverty capital of the world beyond 2050. That is 31years from now. By then, our population shall double to 400million. It means that all the problems we have today will equally double or triple IF WE REFUSE TO REVOLT NOW and say NO to everything and everybody that has held us down as a people. With divine grace, God gave us about 40 natural resources spread across 420 locations across the length and breadth of the country. No country on mother earth is as blessed! The persons destroying Nigeria in and out of government are less than 10,000. For how long will the 201million of us be silent? Forever?
It will be sheer stupidity and very unfair of us to be silent and bequeath today’s sorry Nigeria to our children. For how long shall we continue to endure bad leadership from certificate forgers, election riggers, ritualists and yahoo politicians, hoping upon hope for a better tomorrow when things get worse by the day? We are too rich to be poor. We are too blessed to be a mockery of the world!!! NO!!!

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