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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Shortly after his release by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, arrested blogger Abubakar Sidiq Usman has thanked Nigerians who came forward to demand for his immediate release on social media.

His story went so viral that it was featured in Western media house, BBC:

Usman said in a statement released promptly after his release:
"I would like to thank my family, my friends, my legal team, the members of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APYF), political parties, members of the Nigerian online community irrespective of their affiliations, and hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who in one way or another spoke out against my unconstitutional detention by the EFCC.

"Your tweets, posts, and demands for the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech led to my release and the victory that we have achieved today.

"This experience has stirred up broader conversations on the roles of our statutory established institutions, the parameters of our laws, and our civil liberties as citizens of our great Federal Republic.

"Moving forward, I will be pursuing all legal and constitutionally established avenues to ensure that this does not repeat itself.

"This is a government that I fought for. But occurrences like these are not the experiences that myself and millions of Nigerians have fought for.

"I hope that we can use this to rectify the wrongs in our system towards the attainment of a more sustainable democracy.

"The reason(s) for my arrest will be made know to you all. Thank you all for the love and support you showed me."
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