Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been detained since Tuesday, August 14, has been released.
Ogundipe was released on Friday morning, August 17 after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
A report by Premium Times revealed that the magistrate first heard the case on Wednesday, August 15 after Mr. Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal representation.
On that day, Magistrate Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.
However, on Friday morning, the news outlet learned Ogundipe was to be taken to the same court. The company’s lawyer, Jiti Ogunye was thus present at the court.
At the court, Ogunye argued for the bail of Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel.
Magistrate Mohammed granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
The bail conditions were met and Ogundipe was released.