Finally The #FreeSamuelOgundipe Protests Win As Reporter Is Released
Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained on Tuesday 14 August 2018, has been released.
Mr Ogundipe was released on Friday 17 August 2018, after he was granted bail by Magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja.
The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday after Mr Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal representation. On that day, Mr Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.
However on Friday morning, after several protests by journalists, Nigerian activists, and international organisations, who condemned the act by the police and several petitions to the Vice President asking for the release of Ogundipe, he was again taken to the same court. This time the Premium Times company’s lawyer was present at the court. The lawyer argued for the bail of Mr Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel.
Mr Mohammed granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident withing the court’s jurisdiction. The bail conditions were met and Mr Ogundipe was released.