PREMIUM TIMES thus requires the quick arrival of its correspondent, Samuel Ogundipe, who was kept on Tuesday by the Nigeria Police over a report.
On the day the Nigerian administration was griping about the abundances of a unit in the police, a similar unit was compelling a PREMIUM TIMES reporter to unveil his source.
The Nigerian police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday captured and confined the journalist.
Aside from Mr Ogundipe, this present daily paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its training reporter, Azeezat Adedigba, were additionally quickly confined and mauled by the police at the SARS base camp in Abuja.
Ms Adedigba was later discharged after around three long periods of detainment.
Mr Mojeed and Mr Ogundipe were driven from the SARS base camp in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters where Mr Ogundipe was put forth to compose an expression.
At the Force base camp, a Deputy Commissioner of Police at the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, was heard guiding legal advisors to “hurry to court” to get a warrant to keep Mr Ogundipe.
They more than once requested that the columnist reveal his hotspot for a story distributed by this daily paper.
The story, additionally distributed by other media, uncovered a letter composed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on a week ago’s attack to the National Assembly by security authorities.
At the point when Mr Mojeed alarmed the DCP that it wasn’t right convincing a columnist to reveal a wellspring of data, the cop ended up incensed undermining the writer.
“He said the police was acting inside the law and that Samuel would remain confined except if he uncovers the individuals who gave him the archive,” the writer said.
The police are yet to offer a rational explanation behind their foreswearing of the reporter his opportunity.
Premium Times particularly censures the Gestapo way in which the Nigeria Police have arrested Mr Ogundipe and thus requests his prompt and unlimited discharge.
His detainment is in net infringement of Mr Ogundipe’s rights, the Nigerian laws and every popularity based principle; and is an inadmissible compressed version of his citizenship and expert benefits.
It ought to humiliate the Nigeria Police to so shamelessly brace down on a well behaved native and writer with an evident evil view to hindering the act of his calling in accordance with its morals and inside the scope ensured by the laws of Nigeria and universal traditions.
The subterfuge utilized in getting the journalist, even while badgering his associates ought to likewise be denounced by all Nigerians.
This awkward treatment of a reporter against whom no instance of infringement of the law has been made is a shame to Nigeria and promotes the nation as scornful of its own laws and popularity based practice.
We ponder what the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, finds appealing in making Nigeria a fool at any given moment the eyes of the edified world are on the nation as it approaches a point of reference in the improvement of its majority rules system.
We in this way approach Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to guide the Police to discharge Mr Ogundipe promptly and unequivocally.