Nigeria Police invite SaharaReporters Publisher, Sowore, again

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore

The Nigeria police on Monday again invited the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, to a meeting on Thursday with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigations Department(SCID) in Lagos.

The invitation, which came in the form of a text message, did not disclose the purpose of the meeting. It merely invited Mr. Sowore and his colleagues to meet with the police authorities for an interview at 10a.m at the SCID headquarters in the Yaba area of Lagos.

Mr. Sowore was on January 9 physically assaulted in Lagos by one Lekan Fatodu over a report by SaharaReporters detailing how Mr. Fatodu was allegedly used as a front by former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode to corner public funds through the office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

When Mr. Sowore was brought before Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, the police claimed a petition alleging criminal libel had been submitted by Mr. Fatodu against Mr. Sowore.

The following day when Mr. Sowore arrived at the SCID, the police were more interested in “mediation”, asking Mr. Sowore to meet Mr. Fatodu to resolve their differences.

Mr. Sowore refused, saying the police had been dishonest in the handling of the case.

His attorney, Femi Falana, on January 12 issued a statement saying the allegations of threat to life, criminal libel and extortion stated in Mr. Fatodu’s petition were false.

A few days after Mr. Sowore’s release, a strange dimension to the matter arose when a lawyer, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, issued a statement claiming that Mr. Sowore had been barred from leaving Nigeria over Mr. Fatodu’s petition.

Mr. Osuagwu is the same lawyer who, in January, addressed a petition to the police on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, which led to the arrest of two Premium Times journalists a few days after Mr. Sowore was attacked and arrested in Lagos.

The continued police harassment of Mr. Sowore and other journalists has attracted condemnation by press freedom bodies across the globe.

Mr. Sowore told our reporters he plans to honour the invitation of the police on Thursday, an event which coincides with his birthday.


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  • Oleku

    Because Sowore has been exposing the APC for the fraud that they are they want to gag him, same Sowore who fought restlessly for this useless government. Nothing should happen to him or the zoo will fall. Useless janjaweeds APC

    • Julius

      So FFK, Dasuki, Methu are all members of the APC ! I know that you lack thinking capacity but, you need to try sometimes.

    • Oju

      I think u ar sleeping while reading d piece

    • Abidemi Abolade

      Pls if you have access to sowore can you ask him if he has not been collecting money from el-rufai and rotimi ameachi. But many Nigerians did not really know this about sowore man. (EXCLUSIVE INFO)

      • Uzor

        Imagine! I noticed sowore saharareporters did not run any negative stories about Rotimi Amaechi during the bribing of judges, and according to one of the judge said it was Rotomi Ameachi 1st gave the bribe when he was the governor of rivers state. sahara reporters na wa o!!! and this premium times most be very careful about the false stories they run for this sowore omoyele. I drop my piece.

        • Nureni

          THAT IS HOW HE LIED TO ALL NIGERIAN THAT FATAI OWOSENI THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS BEEN SACKED. WHILE THE MAN STILL THE CP TILL DATE.

    • Deking ON Eth Onyeze

      They must deal with him because he is a cheap liar…. Nonsense

  • Bull

    Sowore should be dealt with. He carries propaganda. Likewise those of Premium times

  • emmanuel

    Both Sowore and Olorunyomi are now being chased around by the Lion they kept at home as pet. Who goes around comes around.
    Lies, deceit, propaganda, killing of valid news t the behest of their now aggrieved principals and depriving the public of suppressed news is what they are now paying for.
    “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any persons” – The Bible.
    Liar Mohammed’s time is coming ahead, as they will all be overtaken by the spirit of error.

  • Oju

    Some people used to read on sleeping mode

  • Dagashhh

    How about the rape case that he abandoned and fled to the US. I learnt the poor girl that he violently raped is yet to recover fully.

  • shasha

    The authority should allow Sowore of Sarakireporters to be. He is contributing his own quota to the development of the nation. Some of his stories are True while some are false. No human-being is perfect.

  • Riseup Nigeria

    When some hate overcharged and jealousy overwhelmed yorubas were doing the unimaginable to bring in this disaster of a government, I warned, I lectured, I used hard words and spiritual analogies to let them understand the calamitous error of judgment inherent in bringing in a tried and tested suppressed, bitter, angry, fury turbo charged, reclusive, weak, tired, illiterate, archaic, religious, ethnic, tribal bigot as a president of nigeria at a time when other nations are rallying round to make serious effort at building their own nations.
    I warned yorubas to remember their failed business with abacha and said it that even this present one can never be different from that abacha episode.
    Sowore was one of those pay as I write lying agents fraudulently hired to impose and sustain this calamitous ineptitude upon nigeria even when it is clear to all and sundry that that adventure was a highly regrettable one akin to that abacha episode.
    The hunters dog is now turning into the hunters prey and I say to you blind chameleons that you have never seen any thing yet.
    No matter the quantity and quality of lies and falsehoods you deploy to sustain this joke of a terrible disaster upon nigeria, he that rides on the back of the Tiger, need to ask the elders what shall be his inevitable end. A marriage of dogs and crocodiles must end up in disaster.

  • Deking ON Eth Onyeze

    They are reaping the fruit of their wickedness. When they were collecting money to carry fake news, did they tell us? Why are they now complaining to the public.
    This is just the beginning because more are still coming.
    Very soon he will be going to forces hqt abuja to answer them.