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DSS arrests Edo comedian over alleged incitement

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An Edo State based comedian and vlogger, Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Benin, the state capital.

Reports say Chukwu, who is a skit maker, had recently been using his comedy skits to talk against poor governance, ‘corrupt’ politicians, and insecurity among others.

Chukwu’s mother, Mrs. Magaret Chukwu, who spoke to Punch on Monday, said her son was arrested by the DSS allegedly over a video he posted.

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“Na because of the video wey hin post. He was arrested on June 14, 2022,” she said.

When contacted via the telephone, the lawyer to Chukwu, identified simply as Mr Obo, said he was yet to see Chukwu at the DSS facility in Benin when he visited.

Speaking on what the vlogger could be charged for, Obo, who said he had been on the matter since Friday, said, “I’ve not seen the charges, but from the video watched thus far, I’m sure they’re going to charge him for inciting the public, and breach of public peace.

“I’ve not heard from the DSS, I’ve not seen him and they’ve not formally charged him to court. So I can’t say what they will charge him for.”