Journalist Ogundipe regains freedom from police custody

A Premium Times’ journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been in police detention since Tuesday has been released.

Ogundipe was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, had reportedly ordered the arrest of Ogundipe over a story on the report he submitted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the blockade of the National Assembly.
Idris submitted the report after the sack of Lawal Daura as Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The IGP had requested that the force be given the permission to search the residences of all the suspects involved in the national assembly blockade, including Daura.
After the leak, the police asked Ogundipe to disclose how he got the document but he refused in line with the ethics of the profession.
The journalist was secretly arraigned at the magistrates’ court in Abuja on Wednesday without being granted access to his lawyers. He was reportedly charged with criminal trespass and theft of police document.
On that day, Mohammed was said to have granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.
However on Friday morning, the news organisation learnt that its staff was to be taken to the same court, and had its lawyer present at the court.
At the court, the lawyer argued for the bail of Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel.
The magistrate granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
The bail conditions were immediately met and Ogundipe was released.

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