The Lagos police command has released the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
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Sowore was arrested in Ikeja area of the state on Wednesday, January 11, and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
The publisher was detained over alleged criminal defamation and blackmail.
According to The Cable, a journalist, Lekan Fatodu, facilitated Sowore's arrest.
Sowore, whose website has been severally accused of political propaganda was told to return to the station by 2pm on Thursday, January 12, the report said.
Earlier, the publisher had accused the police of taking sides with Fatodu, whom he said assaulted him.
He had said: "I was physically attacked today by a gang led by Lekan Fatodu… he assaulted me before police officers at Area “F” in Ikeja in Lagos.
"After the police intervened soon as I was attacked by Lekan Fatodu and his friends in Lagos, we were taken to the CP’s office in Lagos.
"Turns out he was in on this, he pulled out a supposed petition written by Lekan from his hat after that he became very hostile towards me and ordered that we be driven to State CID, at Panti in Lagos.
"It is very obvious that this was planned between Lekan Fatodu and the police. They offered him unbridled support as he continued attacking me."
But the spokesperson for the Lagos police command, Dolapo Badmos, debunked the allegation.
"Today, 11/1/2017 at about 15:39hrs, a distress call was received by the Lagos State Police Command that Mr Omoyele Sowore – Publisher of Sahara Reporters was being attacked by suspected hoodlums around Isaac John street, GRA, Ikeja," Badmos said in a statement.
"The police swiftly responded, and upon arrival at the scene contrary to the report that a robbery attack was taking place, the police met the duo of Mr Omoyele Sowore and Mr Lekan Fatodu engaged in a brawl/altercation.
"With a view to ascertaining what led to the false alarm of a robbery, both parties were taken before the commissioner of police."
"In the course of police intervention, it was found out that the brawl is in connection with an earlier complaint of alleged threat to life, defamation of character and blackmail made by Lekan against Omoyele,"
She said the duo were subsequently referred to the SCID, Panti where further investigation into the case is ongoing.