09/13/2018

Urgent Action: Journalist Detained and Threatened (Nigeria: UA 153.18)


Journalist Samuel Ogundipe is being detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters, Guzape district Abuja. He was brought to court without a lawyer present and has been charged with ‘criminal trespass’ and ‘theft of police document’. He was arrested on 14 August after honouring an invitation by the SARS unit of the Nigerian police to report to their office as part of an investigation into a news article Premium Times, the online newspaper he works for, published.

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Journalist Samuel Ogundipe is being detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters, Guzape district Abuja. He was brought to court without a lawyer present and has been charged with ‘criminal trespass’ and ‘theft of police document’. He was arrested on 14 August after honouring an invitation by the SARS unit of the Nigerian police to report to their office as part of an investigation into a news article Premium Times, the online newspaper he works for, published.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Nigerian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Samuel Ogundipe and drop all charges against him;
  • Calling on them to respect press freedom and the right to freedom of expression in Nigeria and ensure journalists are protected from any threats and harassment for doing their job.

Contact these two officials by 28 September, 2018:

Attorney General
Abubakar Malami, SAN

New Federal Secretariat Complex
5th Floor, Shehu Shagari Way
PMB 192 Garki, Maitama
Abuja,
Nigeria
Fax: +234 9 523 5194
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Attorney General

Ambassador Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
3519 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 800 7291 I Fax: (202) 775-1385
Email: [email protected] -OR- [email protected]
Contact Form: http://www.nigeriaembassyusa.org/index.php?page=contact-us
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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