‘On IGP’s Orders’, SARS Detains Premium Times Journalist
On the identical day Appearing President Yemi osinabjo ordered the instant overhauling of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Power, a journalist with Premium Times has been detained by the identical unit.
The newspaper revealed that SARS arrested and detained Samuel Ogundipe, who covers the safety sector, on Tuesday.
Additionally detained however later launched on the SARS headquarters in Abuja have been the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, who was manhandled, and its schooling correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba.
Adedigba was later launched after spending about three hours in detention.
Mojeed and Ogundipe have been pushed from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Power Headquarters, the place Ogundipe was made to jot down an announcement, simply as a DCP on the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, was heard directing attorneys to “rush to court docket” to acquire a warrant to detain Ogundipe.
He was requested to disclose the supply of his story on the IGP’s memo to Osinbajo on the invasion of the Nationwide Meeting by operatives of the Division of State Companies (DSS), which passed off final Tuesday.
When the Editor-in-Chief defined to the DCP that it was unethical to compel a journalist to disclose his supply, the police officer turned livid and threatened the journalist.
“He stated the Police was performing inside the legislation and that Samuel would stay detained except he discloses those that gave him the doc,” the journalist stated.
Officers on the police headquarters informed Premium Times that the order to detain the journalist got here immediately from the Inspector Basic of Police, who is claimed to be indignant at this paper’s essential reporting of his actions.
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