The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) has denounced the detention, trial, and arrest of aspiring actress Olufunke Olubukola Obikoya and other youths who gathered in Ijebu-Ode to take part in a memorial walk for musician Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
The youths were reportedly arrested by personnel from Igbeba Police Station.
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The group said in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Adaramoye Michael and National Secretary, Francis Nwapa Watch: “As far as we are concerned, it is a contradiction for the same police assuring Nigerians that it would ensure justice in the controversial death of Mohbad to arrest, detain and subject to criminal trial on false charges activists peacefully demanding justice.”
Around the time of Mohbad’s passing, thousands of Nigerians both at home and abroad organised walks and candlelight processions in his honour.
Meanwhile, Olufunke Obikoya few days ago lamented how she was wrongly arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for participating in #JusticeForMohbad rally in September and thereafter charged with a felony.
Narrating her ordeal, Funke said, “I saw my friend’s post about ‘Justice for Mohbad’ and I joined my friend and we went to the location at Ijebu Ode by Ibadan Garage.
“I was sitting by the roadside with my friends. Some people were walking but we decided to sit by the roadside, and around 3:30pm, the police came and started dragging all of us.
“Two police officers dragged me inside their car. Some ran away but I did not run because I did not do anything. They took us to the station and put us in the cell. I slept on bare tiles.
“My friend reached out to my family and the next day; they (police) took me to court. They charged me for a lot of things that I don’t know about. They said I joined Eiye Confraternity.
“I’m just an up-and-coming actress and a model trying to pave the way for myself. They have spoiled my career. They arrested me wrongly and accused me wrongly. They took me to prison and said that my bail was N500,000.”
She said she was bailed on Monday and that her case had been adjourned till November.
“But I saw hell inside the cell and prison. I didn’t commit any crime. They accused me wrongly. I had to eat the prison beans and sweep the yard, wash the toilet and had to kneel and greet about 25 people in a day,” she continued.
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