Ogundipe, Premium Times reporter, regains freedom

August 17th, 2018

Premium Times police and security agencies reporter, Samuel Ogundipe has been granted bail.
Although the bail conditions were not made public as at press time, Festus I Owete, an editor at the medium in a Facebook post confirmed the development.
“My colleague, Samuel Ogundipe, has been granted bail. PREMIUM TIMES and I are grateful for your support.
“I believe it is a vote for our brand of journalism.
“We will certainly not rest on our oars in our desire to make Nigeria a better place to live in. Remain blessed,” Owete said.
Ogundipe was arrested on the instruction of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and forced to reveal how he obtained the police interim investigative report on the dismissed Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Since his detention at the Force Headquarters, every effort was made to coerce him to reveal the source but he refused. Nigerian journalists and civil society organisations not only condemned the police action but protested against the detention at the Force Headquarters.
The police even attended trying him in secret by charging him for theft of their document at a Magistrates Court, very far away from his office.

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