Few hours after their arrest which sparked wide outrage for the Nigerian government, Premium Times publisher, Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, and a judiciary correspondent, Ms Evelyn Okakwu, have been released.
Police Release Premium Times Publisher And Journalist
According to Premium Times, the publisher and the journalist were released on administrative bail and ordered to report at the FCT Police Command Headquarters by 8:00 a.m on Friday.
The online newspaper however reports that a highly-placed police source has hinted at a possible detention of the Premium Times publisher and Ms Okakwu on Friday after reporting at the police headquarters.
The police source reportedly said there were chances that the two could be taken before a Magistrate’s Court to secure a detention order against them.
“From what I understand, if they report tomorrow morning, they will be taken to a Magistrate’s Court and arraigned before a judge that will readily comply with the police arrangement and grant order for them to be detained,” the source said.
The source added, “That way, they can then claim to be detaining them legally.”
Premium Times has been having a media tussle with the leadership of the Nigerian Army over certain reports about the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai who is said to have allegedly made a complaint to the police that led to the arrest of Olorunyomi and Okakwu.
Global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has promised to launch an investigation into the motive behind the arrest of the publisher and the judiciary correspondent.