The Police have confirmed the arrest of Publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online news agency based in New York city, United States of America, Mr Omoyele Sowore, today, Wednesday.
Police said that he was arrested over alleged threat to life and blackmail on a London based journalist, Lekan Fatodu. Sowore arrested by the Police over alleged threat to life As at 7pm, he was still been interrogated by policemen at the Area ‘F’ command Ikeja.
Report said he was picked up by policemen from his Lagos home following a petition by Fatodun. Fatodun in the petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Fatai Owoseni, accused Sowore of publishing a story on alleged money laundry on him.
In the publication, Fatodu was alleged to be assisting Nigerian politicians to move money out of the country. Police sources hinted that they were alerted yesterday evening of Sowore’s presence , consequent upon which they went for his arrest. Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest . She could however not state if Sowore would be released later .
She said “I confirm his arrest. He was arrested this evening over threat to life on Lekan Fatodu and blackmail. He is still under investigation” But Omoyele Sowore on his facebook page said he was attacked by Lekan Fatodu and his friends in Lagos and were taken to the CP’s office in Lagos. ”
After the police “intervened” soon as I was attacked by Lekan Fatodu and his friends in Lagos and 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 res of Lagos”
Also Lekan Fatodu on his twitter handle @LekanFatodu wrote ‘BREAKING! I just got Sowore Omoyele of Saharareporters arrested for criminal defamation and blackmail and threat to my life and career.’
Sowore was later released same day, as confirmed by a post on the Sahara Reporters Facebook page around 10pm Nigerian time.