Samuel Ogundipe, the Premium Times journalist arrested and detained by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has expressed gratitude to all those who mounted pressure on the Police to release him.
Ogundipe was arrested on Tuesday for alleged theft of classified documents, following his story on the investigation of former DSS DG Lawal Daura by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.
He was released on Friday, after three nights in detention, after sustained local and international pressure from human rights and media activists.
“During my detention, I had no idea of the magnitude of support that came in for me from the public,” he tweeted o Friday evening.
“Upon my release earlier today, @PremiumTimesng management explained that my freedom came because of the pressure you all mounted. I am very grateful. Thank you!
"At no time during my detention —not when I was first interrogated and told to write a statement before my Editor-in-Chief @Musikilu or at any other time during my three-day ordeal — did Saraki ever come up. I was only pressured to say my source, an unreasonable demand I rejected."