The Ogun state police command has confirmed the arrest of Emmanuel Ojo, the blogger, who published a Facebook post, in which he accused Oufunsho Amosun, the First Lady of Ogun state, of money laundering.
Speaking with The Punch, Muyiwa Adejobi, the state police public relations officer, said that Ojo was being detained at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta for questioning.
Adejobi revealed that the suspect was trailed and arrested by security men on Saturday, September 26.
The blogger was apprehended for a story, in which he exposed the alleged quizzing of Mrs Amosun in London for money laundering. According to him, the First Lady was detained by the London Police for being in possession of $300,000.
Reacting to the accusations, Mrs Amosun described the story as false and denied being involved in any money-laundering saga.
Adejobi revealed that the police command received a complaint from the state government over what they termed a false publication.
“We received a complaint from the state government on the suspect, and he was arrested. Presently, he is with us at Eleweran. We are still conducting our investigations. If he is found wanting, he will be charged to court accordingly,” he added.
Meanwhile, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the secretary to the state government, said that Governor Ibikunle Amosun was not connected with the arrest of the blogger, as being speculated in some quarters. However, he confirmed that the government made a formal complaint to the police about the false allegation against Mrs Amosun
“The government reported the matter formally to the police and the state Director, Department of Security Services.
“The report by the blogger on the First lady is false and calculated to rubbish her image. The governor just arrived from the holy pilgrimage on Sunday; so he did not order the arrest of the blogger,” Adeoluwa added.