The Nigerian police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday arrested and detained Samuel Ogundipe, who covers the security sector for online newspaper, Premium Times.
Apart from Ogundipe, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained and manhandled by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.
Adedigba was later released after about three hours of detention.
Premium Times reports that Mojeed and 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.
At the Force headquarters, a DCP at the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, was reportedly heard directing lawyers to “rush to court” to obtain a warrant to detain Mr Ogundipe.
They repeatedly asked the journalist to disclose his source for a story published by the newspaper.
The story, revealed a letter written by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on last week’s siege to the National Assembly by security officials.
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