The Division of State Companies has invited an investigative reporter on the Worldwide Centre for Investigative Reporting (The ICIR), Niyi Oyedeji for questioning.
In response to the newspaper, Oyedeji was invited by phone on Thursday by one Bayo Paul, who claimed to be an official of the DSS, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command.
“Paul requested the reporter if he was a member of Transparency Integrity Group, to which he declined. Paul tried to coerce the journalist into telling him his identify, however the reporter stood his floor, refusing to reveal his identify on the telephone.
“He known as again a couple of minutes later, talked about the reporter’s identify, and requested him to report back to the SSS (State Safety Service) workplace in Abuja on Friday by 10 am. When requested how he obtained the reporter’s quantity, Paul mentioned he obtained it from the Everlasting Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” the newspaper mentioned.
In the meantime, Editor of The ICIR, Ajibola Amzat contacted Paul minutes later to ask why the SSS, as a accountable organisation, wouldn’t invite the reporter in writing, however he replied that the organisation would typically name to ask individuals for interrogation.
“We do name, we do name. The one factor is to confirm the supply of the decision. I’m not inviting you to wherever other than the workplace. You’ll be able to as effectively hint the quantity and ask the supply or proprietor of the quantity if genuinely I’m a workers (member) of the State Safety Service,” Paul advised The ICIR Editor.
When requested the explanation for the invitation, the newspaper quoted Paul as saying, “My boss didn’t inform me. He solely gave me his quantity, his identify, and he requested me to ask him to his workplace.”
In the meantime, The ICIR has insisted on an official letter from the SSS to make sure the invitation emanates from the organisation.
There was a clampdown on journalists by the DSS in latest occasions.
In August 2019, the home intelligence company with a historical past of repression arrested human rights activist and Writer of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore in Lagos.
Sowore was moved to the company’s headquarters in Abuja the place he was illegally detained for 144 days regardless of completely different courtroom orders issued for his launch.
The DSS accused the activist of baseless crimes like cash laundering and that he was plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari regardless that it failed to supply any proof to substantiate its declare.
In March 2018, the DSS arrested Each day Unbiased Abuja Bureau Chief Tony Ezimakor. Later within the 12 months, the key police arrested Jones Abiri and detained him for 2 years for allegedly having hyperlinks with ‘rebels.’
He was re-arrested in March 2019.
In August 2019, former Editor at Each day Belief Ibrahim Dan-Halilu was arrested for a Fb put up expressing assist for the ‘RevolutionNow’ marketing campaign.
In December 2019, TVC’s journalist Bukola Samuel-Wemimo was detained by the key police at its Magodo workplace in Lagos.
In 2020, former Premium Occasions investigative reporter Samuel Ogundipe was hounded by the SSS as a result of he reported on the rift between the Nationwide Safety Adviser Babagana Monguno and President Muhammadu Buhari’s late Chief of Workers Abba Kyari.
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