Niger Delta Activist and blogger, Prince Bodmas Kemepadei has regained his freedom after he was allegedly arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), in Bayelsa for making statements considered inciting against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kemepadei, who is also a social media aide to Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was said to have been arrested after posting a video highlighting the current security challenges in the country.
In the viral 28-second video, Kemepadei blamed Buhari for the insecurity in the country and asked Nigerians to defend themselves by any means possible, since they have been left to their fate.
NIGER DELTA CONNECT learnt that Kemepadei who was picked up in Yenagoa, was to be moved to Abuja but for the intervention of some influential people he was later released.
A top security source said he was however asked to take down the video, as the content was capable of causing a breakdown of public peace, law and order.
In the video, he said: “Nigerians are no longer safe; the only person who is safe in this country is President Muhammadu Buhari. And the only reason why Buhari is safe is that he understands that Nigeria is not safe and he has therefore isolated himself.
“My people, my Nigerians all of you should wake up, all of you should wake up because nothing is working again in this country. The security architecture of this country has fallen. We don’t know our left, we don’t know our right. We don’t know where we are going as a people”.
Prior to his arrest and release, Kemepadei, was among the army of youths under the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), who led a protest last week against the Federal Government, over the reconstitution of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Meanwhile the Bayelsa State Government, through the Director of New Media to the Governor, Mr Kola Oredipe has reacted to the arrest of Kemepadei.
Oredipe said in a statement that the comments by Kemepadei in the video did not reflect the views and opinions of the governor or the state government.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the arrest of Mr. Bodmas Kemepadei by the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged inciting posts on the social media against President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Let it be clear that Kemepadei lacks the authority to speak directly for His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State.
“Kemepadei, a known blogger, film editor and online reporter, was appointed into the Bayelsa State Government New Media Team as a Special Assistant on New Media and works under the direct supervision of the Director, New Media, who co-ordinates all government new media activities.
“He was, therefore, neither speaking on behalf of the Governor nor the state government in his video that went viral.
“Kemepadei, in the said video and other posts, must have obviously spoken as a private citizen and not as a government official because the Governor could never have authorised such comments against Mr. President”.