Premium Times, Atiku Join Nigerians in Calling for the Release of Detained Journalist Samuel Ogundipe

Reactions continue to trail the illegal arrest and detention of Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter with Premium Times after his arrest Wednesday by the Nigerian police.

Ogundipe was picked up for his report on the probe of Lawal Daura, sacked director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The police had reportedly asked Ogundipe to disclose how he obtained the letter used for a story but the journalist declined in line with the ethics of journalism.

Following his arrest, Premium Times called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to prevail on the police to set him free.

The media outfit, in a statement by its Publisher, Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, said: “We call on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to direct the police to release Mr Ogundipe immediately and unconditionally.

“Apart from Mr Ogundipe, this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.”

“Ms Adedigba was later released after about three hours of detention. Mr Mojeed and Mr Ogundipe were driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters, where Mr Ogundipe was made to write a statement,” the newspaper added.

It said the police had yet to offer a coherent reason for their denial of the reporter his freedom and demanded his immediate and unconditional release.

Reacting to the illegality, former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, took to his Twitter page to express concerns over the arrest of Ogundipe and assault on press freedom.

“The arrest and detention of @PremiumTimesng’s reporter by @PoliceNG for his refusal to disclose his source to a story raises serious concerns about the preservation of the confidentiality of sources. I call for the protection of press freedom as guaranteed by our constitution,” Atiku tweeted.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #FreeSamuelOgundipe is already trending as Nigerians ramp up the clamour for an end to police brutality.

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