Nigerian Youths Stage Protest Demanding Release of Very Dark Man Amid Arrest Controversy

by Adeola Adeyeye
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Nigerian youths have taken to the streets in protest for embattled social media activist Martins Vincent Otse, popularly known as Very Dark Man, who was arrested four days ago amidst a flurry of controversy.

Following Very Dark Man’s arrest by actress Tonto Dikeh on charges of cyberbullying and threats to life, his supporters rallied together in a demonstration demanding his release. The arrest stemmed from accusations leveled against Tonto Dikeh, alleging her involvement in the GistLover blog formation, leading to backlash and subsequent legal action.

Despite an initial belief that Very Dark Man would be released on bail, his supporters were dismayed by the heavy conditions imposed, making it challenging for him to secure his freedom. The bail requirement included property ownership in Abuja, a government seal of oath, submission of an international passport for one year, and a substantial sum of N200 million naira.

Videos circulating online captured the fervent protest, with Nigerian youths brandishing placards bearing the slogan “Free Very Dark Man.”

His lawyer reiterated confidence in the judicial process while acknowledging the rights of family and well-wishers to express dissent through peaceful protests, both online and offline. The lawyer also identified Tonto Dikeh, Iyabo Ojo, and singer Samklef as individuals allegedly behind Very Dark Man’s arrest, citing past conflicts between them.

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