LifestyleNewsNigeriaSocial Media Influencer VeryDarkMan Released After Nine Days in Detention

Popular social media critic Martins Vincent Otse, known by his online persona VeryDarkMan (VDM), was released from police custody late Sunday evening after nine days of detention.
VDM’s lawyer, Deji Adeyanju, confirmed the release via Twitter, stating, “After five days of back and forth, we have secured VDM’s release. Thank you to everyone who made this happen…”
News of the release was met with celebration from VDM’s supporters who used the hashtag #FreeVDM to advocate for his release throughout the ordeal.
The circumstances surrounding VDM’s initial arrest remain unclear.
Earlier reports suggested he was detained for alleged cyberbullying. However, some reports claim the authorities offered no specific charges.
The detention sparked controversy, with many accusing the police of stifling freedom of speech and online criticism.
Social media users and activists condemned the arrest, arguing it targeted VDM for his vocal advocacy on social and political issues.
The initial reports of VDM being denied release due to the Easter break further fueled public outrage.
Sahara Reporters, an online news platform, reported that VDM’s lawyers initially faced difficulties securing his release due to a lack of available personnel at the police station over the Easter holiday weekend.
 However, VDM was eventually released later on Sunday.
By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)
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