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FIJ reporter, Ojukwu has case to answer – Police

The Nigeria Police Force has vowed to arraign Foundation for Investigative Journalism’s reporter, Daniel Ojukwu, who was earlier detained for 10 days, before the Federal High Court.

Ojukwu was abducted by the police in Lagos on May 1 and was released on Friday following a protest held at the Force Headquarters on Thursday.

However, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Friday, claimed that Ojukwu’s arrest and investigation by the police were justifiable under the law.

He said the reporter has a case to answer.

The statement was titled, “FIJ’S Case: Ojukwu’s arrest, investigation justifiable under the law – FPRO; He has a case to answer.”

It read, “The Nigeria Police Force hereby addresses recent developments regarding the arrest and investigation of Mr Daniel Ojukwu, reiterating that much contrary to speculative reports, Mr. Ojukwu’s investigation is in strict compliance with legal protocols and procedures.

“Mr. Ojukwu was lawfully apprehended and detained pursuant to a valid remand warrant issued by a competent court of justice on May 2, 2024. His initial detention in Lagos and subsequent transfer to Abuja by the FCID-National Cybercrime Centre aligns with standard investigative procedures undertaken by police.”

Adejobi added that Ojukwu’s detention was linked to allegations of violating provisions of the Cybercrime Act and other extant laws pertaining to cyber related crimes.

He added, “These allegations stem from a report concerning financial transactions and contract execution upon which he was petitioned to the Nigeria Police for investigations.

“With our preliminary forensic investigation and recovery of some contents generated by the suspect, Mr. Ojukwu has a case to answer and as such will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”


He noted that the police did not deny Ojukwu bail, adding that his relesse was predicated on him meeting the conditions set for the bail.

He further noted that the journalist’s freedom from police detention is pending the commencement of prosecution at the Federal High Court, and had no correlation with the “unwarranted protest” held at the police headquarters on Thursday.

Adejobi added, “He has, however, been released upon providing a reliable surety today Friday, May 10, 2024, pending the commencement of prosecution at the Federal High Court which has jurisdiction over cyber related crimes.

“It is instructive to note that his release has no correlation with the unwarranted protest held at the police headquarters on 9th May, 2024, but strictly due to him meeting the bail requirements and the policy of the Force on being rule of law compliant.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains steadfast in its duty to maintain law and order, uphold justice, and safeguard the rights of all citizens.

“We urge the public and media outlets to refrain from speculations and undue media trial in order to avoid jeopardising the legal procedures in the case.”

The PUNCH had reported that the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department released detained journalist Daniel Ojukwu on bail on Friday.

Our correspondent gathered that he was released to two directors in the federal civil service who stood as sureties for his conditional bail.

The directors were mandated to submit two passport photographs of themselves to the FCID and asked to provide Ojukwu to the police whenever the need arose.

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