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IPC Condemns Unlawful Detention of Secret Reporters Editor-in-Chief

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned as unlawful the detention of Editor- in-Chief of Secret Reporters, Tega Oghenedoro, by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Asaba, Delta State.

Mr Oghenedoro (now released), who is popularly known by his pen name ‘Fejiro Oliver,’ was detained for over twenty-four hours at the instance of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, following a story he published on the alleged robbery incident in the Delta State Government House, according to report by Sahara Reporters, dated June 2, 2020.

In a statement, signed by Stella Nwofia, who is IPC Program Manager, had quoted IPC’s executive director, Lanre Arogundade, as saying, “The journalist’s detention by security operatives was illegal and unconstitutional, thereby violating his right to freedom of expression guaranteed under the constitution

“Journalists have constitutional obligation to report issues of interest to the public and should not be barred or harassed in the course of such reportorial duties,” he asserted.

Mr Arogundade urged the government officials to uphold democratic principles and refrain from abusive use of power and office to muzzle journalists and other independent voices at the faintest criticism.

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