SARS Arrest Premium Times Reporter
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday allegedly arrested Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter who covers security for Premium Times.
According to a report, sources at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered that Ogundipe should be detained.
This is coming as Acting President Yemi osinbajo, had in a statement, ordered the IGP to immediately overhaul SARS.
According to Premium Times, Idris is angry that the letter which he wrote to the Acting President on the invasion of the National Assembly was leaked in the media.
Ogundipe (who wrote about the leaked letter on Premium Times) was reportedly harassed and asked to reveal his source.
The report also stated that Premium Times Editor-In-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed and another reporter, Azeezat Adedigba were also arrested.
The police later released Adedigba after three hours of gruelling interrogation.
Concise News gathered that a DCP at the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, in a bid to hold Ogundipe for long, directed lawyers to obtain a court warrant for his detention.
Premium Times reports that Mojeed told the DCP that it was wrong to force a journalist to reveal his source.
“He said the police was acting within the law and that Samuel would remain detained unless he discloses those who gave him the document.”
According to reports, Ogundipe’s bank account has been blocked by the police.