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Nigerian Female Journalist Cries Out, Says Life In Danger Over Report Alleging Former Ekiti First Lady, Bisi Fayemi Was Arrested In Dubai For Money Laundering

November 28, 2022

Olawunmi had published on Facebook an alleged case of money laundering involving Fayemi in Dubai in 2018.

A female journalist, Abimbola Olajumoke Olawumi, has said her life is in danger over a story she published on social media involving Bisi Fayemi, wife of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State.

Olawunmi had published on Facebook an alleged case of money laundering involving Fayemi in Dubai in 2018.

According to the journalist, the former first lady was allegedly arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the case was covered up.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, Olawunmi claimed she has been receiving calls from strange numbers and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) who were also detailed to get her arrested by all means.

“I’m currently being harassed, intimidated and threatened by the former governor of my state: Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his wife; Bisi Adeleye Fayemi and their brother-in-law; Demola Obanise.

“I have been receiving calls from strange numbers and even the Department of State Services, DSS, has also been detailed to get me arrested by all means, because I recently published on social media, a case of money laundering, involving Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, the wife of the former governor, in Dubai, in 2018.

“The case was covered up after she was arrested in Dubai and because they enjoyed immunity, while in office (2018-2022) they could not be prosecuted, for all corruption, money laundering, improper handling of state’s finances, diversion of billions of Naira of public funds, human rights abuses and other criminal activities, which the duo were involved in.

“My crime was being consistent in my criticism of the former governor and his wife, on how they were running the state, since 2018. I received a phone call from one Mr. Williams from the Department of State Services (DSS) on 15th November, 2022, asking me to report to their office as regards a petition brought to their office by one Demola Obanise (Kayode Fayemi's brother-in-law).

“Since then, my mobile line is being tracked and I'm being trailed by hoodlums and hired thugs, to which I no longer feel safe in my state and using my mobile lines has become a problem.

“Recently, former Governor Fayemi mobilised security agencies and some disgruntled members to impeach a democratically elected Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan. As a journalist, I again raised my voice against the illegality. This and a number of other human rights abuses are things I have always been speaking against; that is why I am now being hounded by agents of the former governor.

“I, therefore, call on Amnesty International to investigate these allegations, come to my aid and ensure that me and my family are protected against Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Bisi Fayemi, and Demola Obanise. Amnesty International should also ensure that they are prosecuted for their corruption, illegalities, flagrant abuse of office, human rights abuses, harassment, intimidation and threat to my life. 

“This plea became necessary because the security agencies in my country, Nigeria, are compromised. They will exonerate the guilty because of their statuses and will rather punish the innocent for challenging corruption, illegalities and criminalities.”