The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained on Tuesday by the Nigerian Police over a report.
The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), arrested and detained Ogundipe asking him to disclose his source for a story.
Apart from Ogundipe, this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained and manhandled by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.
The story authored by Ogundipe, also published by other media, revealed a letter written by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on last week’s siege to the National Assembly by security officials.
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Samuel Ogundipe and an end to all forms of impunity against the media,” the NUJ said in a statement by its National President, Abdulwaheed Odusile, Tuesday Night.
“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..