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NUJ to Police: Release Premium Times reporter, Ogundipe, immediately

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Samuel Ogundipe, the Premium Times reporter arrested by the Nigeria Police over published news

Samuel Ogundipe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has called for the immediate release of Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe.

Ogundipe was arrested on Tuesday by the police over a story he wrote based on the letter written by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the Director General of Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, who was sacked recently.

The police insisted that the reporter should disclose his source of the document.

He was subsequently arrested and detained.

But in its reaction, the NUJ in a statement signed by its National President, Abdulwaheed Odusile, called for Ogundipe’s immediate release, stating that the constant harassment and molestation of journalists by the police and other agents of the state were horrifying.

The statement reads:  “The Nigeria Union of Journalists condemns in the strongest terms the arrest and detention of Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe today by the police and his detention at the facility of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS in Abuja.

“Samuel Ogundipe was arrested for reporting on the report sent to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the sacked and detained DG of SSS, Malam Lawal Daura.

“The NUJ is horrified by the constant harassment and molestation of journalists by the police and other agents of the state and requests that such should abate forthwith.

“It should be noted that confidentiality of sources is necessary for good journalism to flourish and journalists should not be coerced into revealing such sources.

“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Samuel Ogundipe and an end to all forms of impunity against the media.”

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