By Mumini AbdulKareem
A Kwara based popular poet, Rotimi Jolayemi popularly known as Oba Akewi who was detained for broadcasting a poem deemed to be insulting Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that he has no regret over his action adding that he was set to release a new album documenting his experience so far.
Speaking with National Pilot in a telephone chat weekend, Jolayemi who confirmed that he was out of police custody added that the new album scheduled for this week was meant to satisfy the curiosity of numerous people who have called to enquire about his ordeal.
According to him, “Since I have left the police headquarters, there had not been any further development. So many people have asked me to tell them my experience. But I have documented everything in a new album titled “The Return of Oba Akewi: My Experience” and it will be released in two or three days from now for people to know everything played out”, he added.
In a report by online news medium, Premium Times, Oba Akewi had said he does not have any regret concerning his actions.
Commenting on his ordeal with the police in Abuja to the online news medium, he said “he was treated nicely and that the cops handled him in a professional way.”
“When I was taken from Ilorin to Abuja, those people (the police) took care of me even on the way. They did everything nicely to me. When I got to Abuja, the AIG told them to take good care of me. I was not tortured. They did everything with professionalism.
When asked if he had any regret sharing the poem which led to his arrest, he said; “I have never regretted and I will never regret broadcasting that poem. I still maintain my position. I stand by it,” the report added.
Jolayemi, who anchors a Yoruba radio programme, ‘Bi aye se ri’ on Osun State Broadcasting Service and Radio Kwara, was arrested by the police on May 5.
The police in the document had filed a one-count charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/104/2020 against him on May 22, 16 days after he was detained.
The Nigeria Police Force however recently released him following the approval of his bail application by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Recall that he police had earlier detained his wife, Dorcas Jolayemi, for eight days in a bid to get at him.
Also, he affirmed that two of his relatives, Joseph Jolayemi and John Jolayemi, were also detained for two days.
By Mumini AbdulKareem