NUJ condemns arrest of Premium Times reporter by police

Samuel Ogundipe
Samuel Ogundipe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, on Tuesday condemned the arrest and detention of Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe at the facility of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Abuja.

Mr Ogundipe was arrested for publishing a widely-circulated copy of a police report sent to acting president Yemi Osinbajo by the inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris on the siege to National Assembly by masked officials of the State Security Service, SSS.

“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,” NUJ president, Abdulwaheed Odusile, said in a statement.