Police on Tuesday released Olusola Babatunde, a final year student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), who was arrested in May for allegedly creating a parody account of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Babatunde was released from the custody of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, after spending 82 days in detention.
The student told journalists after his release that he nearly contracted COVID-19 while in detention.
According to him, several suspects were cramped up in small cells in contravention of the COVID-19 guidelines.
Babatunde said: “There was no social distancing in detention. I guess the people in the cells are exceptional. It is like COVID-19 doesn’t infect them and this is despite the fact that new suspects are brought in every day without testing.
“However, we had an incident just once. There was a Chinese man who was a gold miner who fell ill. He was taken to a hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 so he was hurriedly released.
“He was in the Force Intelligence Bureau department so only the suspects in that cell were tested. We were all at risk of getting infected with COVID-19.”
“It wasn’t easy. I spent 82 days in detention and I was transferred to three different cells. I wore the same clothes for 82 days.”