The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Thursday said Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe is being prosecuted for alleged theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents inimical to state/national security that can jeopardize peace, breakdown of law and order capable of precipitating crisis in the country.
A statement issued by Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, said the Police Force’s attention was drawn to the innuendos and misinformation in the media about the arrest and ongoing prosecution of Ogundipe.
“The Force is categorically stating that One Samuel Ogundipe is being investigated and prosecuted for the offences of “theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents” inimical to State/National Security that can jeopardize peace, breakdown of law and order capable of precipitating crisis in the Country.
“Samuel Ogundipe is also being investigated and prosecuted under other offences which violate Official Secret Act, Cyber Crime Act, and the Penal Code Law for which he has volunteered statements and is standing trial.
‘It is factual to state that Samuel Ogundipe was arrested on the 14th of August, 2018 and on completion of Preliminary Investigation, he was arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction in the FCT in less than Twenty Four (24) Hours of his arrest. He was remanded to Police custody and the case was adjourned to Monday, 20th August, 2018,” he said.
Moshood said the Nigeria Police Force, as a law abiding organization would continue to ensure that the rule of law and its supremacy which were essentials of democracy prevailed at all times.