Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has refuted a media report that he ordered the arrest and detention of a blogger, Ahmed Olamilekan, for an alleged publication against his person.

The PUNCH had reported that, according to his lawyer, Olamilekan had been detained for 100 days by the correctional service by order of the governor.

In response, the governor’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, claimed the blogger’s arrest and detention had nothing to do with his boss.

However, our correspondent had learned that the blogger had been arrested by State Department officials in the state following the report on the governor’s arrest abroad.

The blogger was reportedly arrested and detained by the DSS for the publication accusing Abiodun of committing fraud abroad.

But Somorin said in his statement: “Governor Abiodun is committed to human rights and the rule of law, adding that the governor would not act above the law at any time.

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“The case is already in court and points out that the governor who strongly believes in the concept of separation of powers will never hinder or influence the judicial process.

“We urge people to dismiss the allegation made by the blogger’s lawyer, as reported in the national newspaper.

“It is strictly a matter between the defendant, security services and the court.”

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