Members of OurMumuDonDo Movement and other civil society organisations have been teargased by the Nigerians police stationed at the Force Headqaurters during a peaceful protest for the release of a Premium Times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe.
The placards-carrying protesters in their numbers arrived the headqaurters of the force as early as 9:00am on Thursday in Abuja to protest the arrest and detention of a journalist, Samuel Ogundipe with the hashtag #FreeSamuelOgundipe.
The police who have formed a ring at the gate to preventing the protesters from gaining entrance into the building suddenly sprayed a liquid substance suspected to be teargas causing commotion at the scene as many of them scurried for safety.
Some of the protesters who inhaled the teargas became unconscious.
Among the activists present at the protest are Charles Oputa (Charly Boy ), Deji Adeyanju, Omoyele Sowore and many others.
VIDEO: Nigerians Storm Police Headquarters, Demand Release Of PT Journalist, Samuel Ogundipe@PoliceNG @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo #FreePress #FreeSamuelOgundipeNOW #FreeJonesAbiri pic.twitter.com/YPGribC6C2
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The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said that “the journalist is not being persecuted but if there is an allegations, the police have the right to investigate.
“Even though we have the Freedom of Information Act ( FOI ) , the act itself is restricted to some classified documents and that is what we are investigating.
“The document in question does not fall under the FOI Act, therefore, we are not asking him about the source of the information but the source of the document.”
— Concerned Nigerians (@ConcernedNIG) August 16, 2018
The PRO refused to justify the secret arraignment of the journalist and failure to allow him access to his lawyer.
The protesters have vowed to continue with the protest, saying that they cannot be intimidated by the police brutality.
via independent newspapers