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Government must drop charges against Ogundipe, Abiri – Amnesty International

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Human right watch,  Amnesty International has called on the Federal Government to drop all charges against Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, and a the publisher of the Weekly Source Magazine, Abiri Jones.

The group made the call via its Twitter account on Friday.

Abiri was arrested on July 21, 2016, at his office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

He was arrested for his alleged link to armed militancy in the Niger Delta region, an allegation he denied.

Two years after his arrest, he was not charged to court.

Following public outcry, however,Abiri was eventually charged with the offence on July 27, 2018, at the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The court later granted him bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties whom the court said must be civil servants not lower than level 12.

Last week, the court reviewed the journalist’s bail conditions, following an application by his lawyer who said they were too stringent for his client.

Ogundipe was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja.

“Both Samuel Ogundipe & Abiri Jones are now on bail. Government must drop all charges against both journalists. In the first place, their detention is part of a wider attempt to intimidate journalists & the media. Journalists are not the enemy.,” it twitted.