Police abduct FIJ reporter, Daniel Ojukwu ‘On IGP’s Orders’

A journalist with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, Daniel Ojukwu, has been reportedly kidnapped by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police.

Ojukwu is at the moment being held on the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, in Lagos State, FIJ experiences.

Ojukwu was stated to have gone lacking on Wednesday and was unreachable as his numbers had been switched off and his whereabouts unknown to colleagues, household and buddies.

Twenty-four hours after he went lacking, FIJ made a lacking individual report at police stations within the space the place Ojukwu was headed.

However, on Friday, a personal detective employed by FIJ tracked the final lively location of his telephones to an tackle in Isheri Olofin, a location FIJ now believes was the place the police initially picked him up.

According to the FIJ report, Ojukwu’s household realized of his detention at Panti and understood that authorities had been accusing him of violating the 2015 Cybercrime Act.

A relative who visited him advised FIJ that the authorities refused to supply contact particulars of the Investigating Police Officer on jurisdictional grounds because the case was past Lagos.

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“The arresting officers are part of the IG Monitoring Team. They said when they are done arresting the other people on their watchlist in Lagos, they would transfer him and others to Abuja,” FIJ quoted the member of the family as saying.

The Nigeria Police Force is but to talk on Ojukwu’s abduction.

His abduction got here at a time Nigerian journalists, on Thursday, joined their counterparts throughout the globe to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

FIJ famous that on this identical day final yr, World Press Freedom Day 2023, males of the Area F Police in Lagos arrested Ojukwu for telling them to cease punching a driver.

According to the FIJ, when the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre grilled Bukky Shonibare, the chairman of FIJ’s Board of Trustees, at their Abuja workplace in March, that they had talked about FIJ’s story on how Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the then Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs) to the President, paid N147.1 million to an account traced to Enseno Global Ventures (Enseno GV), an Abuja-based restaurant, for — guess what — the development of a classroom!

Seven days later, Ademuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer, then advised ‘Politics Today’, a Channels TV programme anchored by Seun Okinbaloye, that there have been “two or three weighty allegations” in opposition to FIJ and its founder ‘Fisayo Soyombo.



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