JUST IN: Premium Times Journalist Samuel Ogundipe Granted Bail, Released
Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe arrested by Nigerian Police force on Tuesday has been released.
Ogundipe was arrested for reporting the siege on National Assembly last week by masked security agents. He was arraigned before a magistrate court in Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday without knowledge of his lawyers and family.
Ogundipe was however released on Friday after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja
The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday after Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal representation.
On that day, Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.
However on Friday morning, the company’s lawyer was present in the court.
At the court, the lawyer argued for the bail of Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel.
Mohammed granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident withing the court’s jurisdiction.
The bail conditions were met and Ogundipe was released.
Ogundipe had been held since Tuesday for refusing to disclose his source for a story. The story, also published by other news media, revealed a report by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The report indicted sacked Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) Lawal Daura for his role in the siege on the National Assembly last week.
Ogundipe’s detention has been condemned by Nigerians, local and international rights groups including Amnesty International and Committee to Protect Journalists.
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