The comedian and vlogger, Chukwu Emeka, popularly known on social media as Broda Mike, was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on June 14, in Benin City, Edo State, is to be detained till July 7, 2022.
The lawyer to the comedian identified simply as Mr. Obo, revealed that the DSS had a court order to detain Chukwu till July 7.
This would make it 23 days from the day he was arrested.
“There is a court order remanding the guy. Until that time expires, there’s no way they can release him. He’s in custody based on the court order,” he said; adding that his remand till July 7 was an order from the Criminal Court two, Edo State.
The lawyer, upon his visit to him, also noted that the comedian was fine.
It was reported that the comedian, Broda Mike, had been posting videos on his social media page; most of which were recently addressing poor governance, and insecurity, among others.
Efforts to reach the Edo State Spokesperson for the DSS proved abortive.
Meanwhile, the DSS Spokesperson at its headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory; Peter Afunanya, who had not spoken in detail on the arrest of the comedian, only shared a video of Broda Mike.
In the video, Broda Mike was seen reporting on a communal clash that had reportedly taken place in Benin market.
On June 11, there was panic as traders clashed in Benin market. It was gathered that at the New Benin Market area of Benin City, the Edo State capital; angry youths, mainly traders, went on a rampage after an Igbo trader was allegedly attacked with a machete. The trader was attacked by another trader of northern extraction during a fracas.
While fingers point to the fact that this video report could be the basis for the DSS arresting the comedian; others on social media were of the opinion that Broda Mike was arrested for using his skits to campaign against bad governance in the country.