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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

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

The International Press Centre IPC has condemned what it described as the unlawful detention of Tega Oghenedoro, Editor- in-Chief of Secret reporters by the Department of State Services in Asaba, Delta State.
Oghenedoro who has now been released, 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.
In a statement Executive Director, IPC Lanre Arogundade said his detention by security operatives was illegal and unconstitutional, thereby violating his right to freedom of expression guaranteed under the constitution
Arogundade insisted that 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 therefore urged government officials to uphold democratic principles and desist from abusive use of power to intimidate journalists and the other independent voices at the slightest criticism.

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