By Philips Sunday
Lagos, (AN24) – Publisher of a popular online news platform, Omoyele Sowore has been released from police detention.
The controversial online publisher was arrested in Ikeja over allegations of blackmail and defamation of character leveled against him by another online publisher, Mr. Lekan Fatodu.
Fatodu, who is based in the United Kingdom, publishes Checkout International, was accused by Sowore through his medium (www,saharareporters.com) of allegedly assisting Nigerian politicians in moving money out of the country.
Fatodu took to micro blogging site, Twitter earlier to announce that he facilitated Sowore’s arrest for “criminal defamation and blackmail”.
“I just got Sowore Omoyele of Saharareporters arrested for criminal defamation and blackmail and threat to my life and career,” he wrote.
He was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Yaba, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Narrating his side of the on Facebook, Sowore wrote: “I was physically attacked today by a gang led by Lekan Fatodu… he assaulted me before police officers at Area “F” in Ikeja in Lagos.
“After the police intervened soon as I was attacked by Lekan Fatodu and his friends in Lagos, we were taken to the CP’s office in Lagos.
“Turns out he was in on this, he pulled out a supposed petition written by Lekan from his hat after that he became very hostile towards me and ordered that we be driven to State CID, at Panti in Lagos.
“It is very obvious that this was planned between Lekan Fatodu and the police. They offered him unbridled support as he continued attacking me in the presence of the police. I could have been I am familiar with this style of the Nigerian police. We are now being driven to Panti in Yaba area of Lagos”. He wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, after few hours in detention, the controversial online publisher has been released from police detention.
Sowore’s freedom was announced on micro blogging site, Twitter by his medium ‘Sahara Reporters’.
BREAKING: Omoyele Sowore has been released from police detention…more details to follow.
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) January 11, 2017