The Nigeria Union of Journalists, the umbrella body of all journalists in Nigeria has called for the immediate freedom of detained Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe.
Ogundipe was arrested and detained by the Police after refusing to reveal the source of a story he wrote on the report submitted by sacked DSS DG, Lawal Daura to the Ag. President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The reporter’s refusal to grant the wish of the Police is in line with the dictates of the journalism profession. While a social media hash tag has been on as calls for his freedom intensify, the NUJ have called on the Police to stop the harassment of journalists in the country, and in the process, stopping them from appropriate discharge of their duties.
“The Nigeria Union of Journalists condemns in the strongest terms the arrest and detention of Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe today by the police and his detention at the facility of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS in Abuja,” the statement read.
“Samuel Ogundipe was arrested for reporting on the report sent to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the sacked and detained DG of SSS, Malam Lawal Daura.
“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.
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Samuel Ogundipe and an end to all forms of impunity against the media.”