Reporter Goes into Hiding for Fear of Arrest over Sources of Published Report 

Media Rights Agenda
By Media Rights Agenda March 21, 2020 12:53 Updated
Samuel Ogundipe,  reporter with Premium Times

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter with Premium Times

Mr. Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter with the prominent online Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times,  has gone into hiding following threats by the Department of State Security (DSS) to extract from him the details of his source  for a news report published by the newspaper on February 21, 2020

The report details how the National Security Adviser, BabaganaMonguno accused Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President MuhammaduBuhari of undue and dangerous interference on matters bordering on national security and how he subsequently sent a warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Kyari.

Signal report quoted Ogundipe as saying, “My email account was hacked yesterday. I have been told that they are looking for me to get the source who leaked the letter to me.”

The Managing Editor of Premium Times, IdrisAkinbajo, confirmed that though Samuel had not been arrested, the SSS is determined to identify his source for the scoop. He said: “We know that the DSS are desperate to identify our source for the story but we are reviewing the situation.”

Media Rights Agenda
By Media Rights Agenda March 21, 2020 12:53 Updated
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