Premium Times Ogundipe; Civil Society Storm Police Headquarters

The Civil Society Groups and journalists on Thursday stormed the Nigeria Police Force headquarters to protest the arrest of Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, by the police.  

Presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore, led other protesters to demand the release of the journalist.

Samuel Ogundipe, who covers the security beat for premium times, was arrested on Tuesday by the police and secretly arraigned at a magistrate court in Abuja on Wednesday.

Earlier before the protest, the online publication, Premium Times has alleged that the Nigerian police had secretly commenced a trial of Samuel Ogundipe.

The management of the publication led by its Editor in Chief, Mr Musikilu Mojeed said that the journalist was arraigned before a Magistrate court and was denied access to his lawyer by the police.

As Mojeed put it, “The police arraigned Mr Ogundipe at a magistrate court in Kubwa on Wednesday afternoon where he was charged with criminal trespass and theft of police document.

According to Mojeed, the journalist, Ogundipe had to use the telephone handset of a court staff while he was being tried to communicate to the office that the police had denied him access to his lawyers.

He said that Ogundipe was not even introduced as a journalist by the police before the magistrate. The court ordered the journalist to be detained till August 20.

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