CPJ Condemns Premium Times Reporter’s Arrest, Detention

………Calls For His Release

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has joined other prominent individuals and groups in condemning the arrest and detention of Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, by the Nigerian Police.

In a statement on Wednesday, CPJ urged the Nigerian Police to immediately release the detained journalist, stressing that Ogundipe is not a criminal

Angela Quintal, CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator, speaking from Johannesburg, South Africa, said: “CPJ is gravely concerned  by reports that Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe was detained by Nigerian Police yesterday for his reporting.

“Samuel Ogundipe must be released immediately without any condition and be allowed to report without fear of reprisal.

“Journalists are ethically bound not to disclose their confidential sources and the fact that police reportedly arrested him because he refused to name his source is outrageous.

“Samuel Ogundipe, is a journalist who is protecting his sources, and not a criminal. He must be freed now.”