NUJ Condemns Arrest, Detention of Premium Times Reporter

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    The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the arrest and detention of Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe by the police at the detention facility of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Abuja.

    Ogundipe was arrested for reporting the letter by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on the sacked and detained Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Malam Lawal Daura.

    The NUJ in statement signed by its National President, Abdulwaheed Odusile, said it was horrified by the constant harassment and molestation of journalists by the police and other agents of the state and requested that such should abate forthwith.

    It noted that confidentiality of sources is necessary for good journalism to flourish, adding that journalists should not be coerced into revealing such sources.

    “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.”