Occuring the same day the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Osinbajo ordered the reconstruction of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), a Premium Times reporter Samuel Ogundipe was arrested earlier today by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS over the refusal to disclose the source of one of the stories he reported.
The Police has since frozen his bank account just some moment after his arrest and detention. The Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS which was designated to fight armed robbery in Nigeria has often been used by the wealthy and some politicians to dabble into civil matters to intimidate their opponents.
Nigeria security platforms over time have displayed the inability to tell civil matters from criminal ones and have often employed Illegal clampdowns to stifle information instead of seeking legal address.
Now a cross section notable Nigerians have taken to the social media platform, twitter to call for his release and the #FreeSamuelOgundipe hashtag is already trending on the platform.
Among the people calling for his immediate release is Japhet Omojuwa, who tweeted:
The Police is clearly using bullying tactics to try to stifle the journalist. If they have a case against him, go to court. This a set back against press freedom. No surprise, na SARS! To start with, fire this IG. All he does is block Danube street with his security.
They want to shut down Social Media, silence Journalists, have their lackeys in charge of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is never going to work #FreeSamuelOgundipe
Reno Omokri also rendered his voice in the campaign
Dear @ProfOsinbajo, On the same day you ordered the police to overhaul SARS, SARS still arrested Samuel Ogundipe, a @PremiumTimesng journalist because of a story. Please consider this as evidence that SARS needs to be scrapped and not overhauled. #EndSARS