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#FreeSamuelOgundipe hashtag trends, Police denies knowledge of arrest, detention - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Police has denied knowledge of the arrested and detained PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, this is coming as the hashtag #FreeSamuelOgundipe on Twitter has been trending since Tuesday, reports ITREALMS.

According to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, he is not aware of the details of the arrest of Mr. Ogundipe, during a chat on AIT programme, Kakaaki, Wednesday morning, insisting, no Nigerian is beyond being arrested by the police when an investigation is being carried out.

“I am not aware of the details of the matter. But what I can say is that any Nigerian, whether a journalist or any member of the public can be invited by an investigating officer to come around so that he or she can clear themselves of any allegations against them. Since you are telling me now, I will find out exactly what is happening,” Mr Moshood was quoted as saying.

Media observers in the country see Mr Moshood’s claim of ignorance perhaps as typifying the hypocrisy and incompetence within the Nigerian police, meanwhile the hashtag #FreeSamuelOgundipe on Twitter has trended since Tuesday with many tweeting at the police. Despite these, the police spokesperson claimed he was not aware of the arrest.

The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), on Tuesday arrested and detained Mr Ogundipe, who covers the security sector for PREMIUM TIMES.

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