CRIME & COURT

Lagos Police command ducks enquiry on detained journalist

A report has that the Nigeria Police Zone 2 Command in Lagos failed to answer to enquiries about the detention and prosecution of a journalist, Precious Eze.

Punch reports that Ayuba Umma, the command’s spokesperson, “neither confirmed nor denied the arrest.” The newspaper reported that Umma, instead, promised to “find out from the investigation team and get back to you.”

The group to which Eze belongs, the Society of Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria, had deplored his arrest in a statement.

“This sequence of events is not just a personal ordeal for Precious Eze but a glaring assault on press freedom in Nigeria. The actions of the police, acting seemingly under the influence of a powerful individual, represent a blatant attempt to intimidate and silence the press,” the group said.

It added, “The detention of Precious Eze is not just an isolated incident; it is a bellwether of the broader struggle for freedom of expression in Nigeria. It is a call to action to safeguard the rights of journalists and, by extension, the right of the public to be informed.”

TheCornet gathered that Eze had written a report on an influential person, who, consequently, got him arrested.

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