The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday reportedly arrested Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter who covers security for Premium Times.
According to a reports, sources at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered that Ogundipe 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 was angry that the letter which he wrote to the Acting President on the invasion of the National Assembly was leaked.
Ogundipe (who wrote about the leaked letter on Premium Times) was reportedly harassed and asked to reveal his source.
See the police letter containing totally fabricated allegations against a Premium Times reporter.#FreeSamuelOgundipe#PoliceBrutality@hrw@SERAPNigeria@ICIJorg@gijn@BBCAfrica@BBCWorld@IFEX@AFEXafrica pic.twitter.com/KrU60B3y3g
— Premium Times (@PremiumTimesng) August 14, 2018
The report also stated that the medium’s Editor-In-Chief, Musiilu 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.
The online news medium reports that Mojeed told the DCP that it was wrong to force a journalist to reveal his source.