It’s Irresponsible To Arrest Journalists, Atiku Knocks FG

It’s Irresponsible To Arrest Journalists, Atiku Knocks FG

by Ololade Adebeshin
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It’s Irresponsible To Arrest Journalists, Atiku Knocks FG

By People’s Voice Nigeria | News

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called for the release of Daniel Ojukwu, a journalist with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).

It would be recalled that Ojukwu has been in Police Custody since May 1 after he was “abducted” in Lagos State.

the journalist and FIJ management’s family who were initially unaware of his whereabouts until 48 hours after he was declared missing.

The journalist was not allowed to communicate with his family members and friends as his mobile gadgets were seized.

However, on Sunday, Ridwan Oke, a human rights lawyer, said Ojukwu had been taken to Abuja from Lagos.

Muyiwa Adejobi, police public relations officer (PPRO), said the journalist has a case to answer over alleged violation of sections of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act 2015.

Mohammed Idris, minister of information and national orientation, said his ministry is working to resolve the issues around the detention of Ojukwu.

Reacting to the issue on Sunday, Abubakar, in a statement posted on his X handle, described Ojukwu’s arrest as irresponsible and a breach of free press.

“The arrest of Ojukwu may not be unconnected with the groundbreaking investigative works of the independent Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) that has exposed an alleged high-profile smuggler with links to top officials of this administration,” the statement reads.

“I wish to also remind you of the arrest and detention of Segun Olatunji of FirstNews Newspaper and Chinonso Uba aka Nonso Ukwa of Oziza FM Radio.

“It is not only irresponsible to arrest journalists for exposing the ills that abound in this government, it is also a breach of their constitutionally guaranteed #FreePress.

“That the arrest of Ojukwu came barely 48 hours after the observance of the World Press Freedom Day, speaks volumes of the character of the Tinubu administration to freedom of the press. The least that is expected of the relevant authorities is to free Ojukwu.”

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