Over 200 journalists write Osinbajo to demand the release of detained reporter, Samuel Ogundipe

Over 200 journalists write Osinbajo to demand the release of detained reporter, Samuel Ogundipe

Over 200 Nigerian journalists have written a letter to the performing president, Yemi Osinbajo to demand the release of Premium Occasions reporter, Samuel Ogundipe who has been in custody since August 14th and is being prosecuted for his refusal to disclose the supply of a printed story.

In accordance to the letter signed by Niyi Tabiti, Moji Danisa-Dawodu, Kanbi Owolabi and Funke Osae-Brown on behalf of the journalists,

See the full letter beneath…

August 16, 2018

The Performing President 

Prof. Yemi Osibanjo (SAN)

The Presidency

Aso Villa,

Abuja, FCT

Your Excellency Sir,


Greetings to you Sir.

We recognize all the good efforts of  this administration in making Nigeria a  protected place to dwell and work.  

This letter is borne out of our concern for one of our colleagues, Mr. Samuel Ogundipe, a Safety reporter with the Premium Occasions, a web based newspaper. 

Samuel was arrested by the police, alongside his Editor-In-Chief, Muskilu Mojeed and the Training reporter, Azeezat Adedigba on Tuesday the 14th of  August 2018. The opposite two had been later launched. 

Data obtained from the pair revealed that the police refused to release Samuel due to  his refusal to disclose the supply of a printed  story on a latest memo of the Inspector Normal of Police, IGP addressed to you final week.
 As you already know Sir, confidentiality of sources is vital to the development of high quality journalism  in each  civilised society.

At the moment, we acquired with unhappiness information that Samuel  was arraigned  earlier than an Abuja Justice of the Peace court docket by the police in a bid to get an order  to delay his detention. It’s also worrisome that the police curiously omitted the undeniable fact that Samuel is a Nigerian journalist in the cost sheet introduced to the Justice of the Peace.

We subsequently demand that you simply use your good workplace as a famend advocate of  legislation and social justice to intervene expediently for the release of  Samuel Ogundipe.

However, we imagine that the rule of legislation ought to be adopted to the letter in the occasion of any authorized and honest prosecution. We additionally want to remind the Nigerian Police {that a} federal legislation enacted in 2011 (Freedom of Data Act) reposes on the Nigerian media sure privileges of Confidentiality in part 16c, and the police shall subsequently be held accountable for any unconstitutional act designed to oppress or traumatize Mr. Ogundipe, or any Nigerian journalist practising legitimately.

We thank Your Excellency upfront, as we glance ahead to your often swift  motion on this matter.

For and on behalf of over 200 impartial Nigerian journalists, bloggers and different media employees.


1.Niyi Tabiti

2.Moji Danisa-Dawodu

3.Kanbi Owolabi

4.Funke Osae-Brown


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