Nigerian Police bow to pressure, release detained PREMIUM TIMES journalists

Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Premium Times

The police in Abuja have released the two PREMIUM TIMES journalists that were arrested on Thursday afternoon.

Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the newspaper, was arrested alongside the judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu, at around 5:00 p.m.

They were released on bail and instructed to report at the FCT Police Command Headquarters by 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.

But a highly-placed police source said the invitation could be a ploy to detain the journalists for an extended period.

The police source said there are chances that the two could be taken before a Magistrate’s Court.

Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu after release by the Nigerian Police
Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu after release by the Nigerian Police

“From what I understand, if they report tomorrow morning, they will be taken to a Magistrate’s Court and arraigned before a judge that will readily comply with the police arrangement and grant order for them to be detained,” the source said. “That way, they can then claim to be detaining them legally.”

The development has sparked widespread condemnation, with the Amnesty International promising to launch an investigation into the motive behind it.

The journalists were arrested after several plain-clothed officers raided PREMIUM TIMES office.

The newspaper’s managing editor, Idris Akinbajo, hailed the “overwhelming” support from Nigerians and readers around the world.

He said the paper would release a full statement after the journalists meet the police Friday morning.


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  • kusanagi

    You can buy a Police officer for a can of coke. They’re a useless bunch. The whole institution is rotten. Nothing the police say can ever be taken seriously. As for Buratai; he’s just pissed he’s been exposed for the crook that he is.

    Keep doing your good work PT. The masses are fully behind you.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Please lets not Blame the Police. Its our fault we the Nigerians. We need to get an Education on the definition of Police and its role and importance in Democracy protection.

      • Terry bandit

        I love deadpool too. That movie is one of my favorites.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Am looking for…. francis!!!

      • There isn’t enough salary to pay a Nigeria OBJ/GEJ have both endorse kickback as a way of life.

  • Wetin Naija

    The disgrace of a nation. Is this the reason Buhari was elected?

    • Opekete

      Change also deserves change. Maybe this is not the change we bargained for.

  • emmanuel

    I hope dem flog the maga with koboko before them leave am? If not for anyother thing, for all the lies they told the world that brought Buhari in. to afflict us.
    Five straight day, no light anywhere in Nigeria, this is the voice of a frustrated man. This is the real change from civilisation to babarism and backwardness.
    Na which kind person go marry Buhari pickin sef? Im grand child brain go dey blank like im own!

  • Dazmillion

    Buhari must be the last Khaki man to rule this country. Enough is enough

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Gbam. Been saying that. We need to stop voting in Retired Nigerian Armed forces people into Politics.

  • Name of Suicide Bomber Please!

    Why is Premium Times disturbing us with this useless story? Of what economic importance is this story to starving Nigerians or those looking for fuel to buy or Kerosene or those who have lost their relatives to Islamist terrorists in the North?

    By the way, Dear Bayo, what are the names of the suicide bombers that hit Maiduguri last week? Or are you waiting for the next 12 yr old suicide bomber?

  • Freedom of press is the fifth wheel of democracy tabloid or other wise the press ought to be free, a most in a democracy.

  • Burning Spear

    It serves Premium Times right——————-now they are running into the den of the very Lucifer that they helped to install–PT does not need the sympathy of any Nigerian——————–for they sold their dirty smelly CIA infested brains and the Apes in APC controlled souls to the devil———in aso rock—-YIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE————————NOW THEY CRY FOR HELP————————————animals

    • The Nationlist

      @disqus_MQvfPOmXEM:disqus

      A vote cast in a democracy has an expiry date and only perdures for a term
      if certain sensible things are being done amid a dozen or more of other follies.
      No vote cast in a democracy perdures if there is nothing to write home about.

      There’s been no electricity in many neighborhoods in Nigeria since 24th December.
      Lagos is going through 4th consecutive day of complete darkness without electricity.
      President Buhari long destroyed the national currency which fell to 490 to US dollar.
      No other calamity need awaiting before President Buhari resigns and goes to Daura.

      • No-Comment

        “President Buhari’s thinking process is seriously encumbered by his inability to tolerate
        the thoughts, feelings, views and the rights of others. He is unable to understand why others
        should see things differently from him. He is at pains as to why others could not genuflect
        at his snapping of his finger. He is intellectually constricted to understand why he has to
        debate his views or his positions or why he should tolerate those who have the temerity
        to question his views or stand on anything. Buhari is already failing as a born again
        democrat. And from the look of things, “awry” is the word that describes the state
        of the APC and Buhari’s administration right now”
        .

        ………Remi Oyeyemi

        [February 11th, 2016]

        • Orly O. Ajayi

          Premium Times Editor,

          Why is Jonathan’s government better than this Buhari APC mess?

          I want to appeal to the brains
          inside Premium Times to help us take second look into this issue: WHY IS THE
          JONATHAN GOVERNMENT FAR BETTER THAN THE Muhamadu BUHARI MESS?

          No newspaper in Nigeria has really looked into this issue. We want Premium Times
          to help us dig out the real reasons. People are saying all over the place in Kaduna
          and Abuja that the Jonathan government is far better, but they don’t then dig further
          to say the reasons.

          Unless we know how Goodluck Jonathan did it there’s no way we can know
          why Muhamadu Buhari has not got anything right since 29th of May, 2015.
          And if we don’t know why, it means we will soon be forced to pour onto the
          streets in mass protest, very soon, because Buhari made Nigeria un-liveable
          for honest people who don’t want to take bribe or steal money. The Buhari
          government is only for thieves who want to steal. Buhari has no plan for any
          honest person. We don’t want a government of thieves by the thieves for the
          thieves.

  • Lanre

    Sometime last week, I came on here to say Nigeria is not a decent society and that Premium Times will soon understand. Yorubaland will be free.

  • olat

    Have followed good reports by Evelyn Okakwu n Samuel Ogundipe but since Saraki Leadership n corruption cases started they left their PENS in Saraki pocket.

  • Netanyahu

    Not a comment from the “hailers”: mufiu ola, julius, maria, gbola, artful dogger, and all the yoruba e- who want to die for the jihadist mullah. The chicken is coming home to roost. It will get to everyone. The mullah is sick and angry. Me, I no go come close o.

    • Gary

      Buratai is embarrassing everyone of them with his assault on PT.
      It’s hard to do propaganda if the regime makes an enemy of the media that was erstwhile a partner in packaging Buhari as the long awaited Messiah and born again democrat to salvage Nigeria.
      That will not only deny them a forum to operate but galvanize public opinion, that is already hungry and angry, against them. Buratai and Idris are Zombies who can’t think beyond force and intimidation. Just like their Oga.

  • Pirofessor2017

    @disqus_MQvfPOmXEM:disqus : In Nigeria made thoroughly bereft by President Muhamadu Buhari,
    Premium Times is the only institution left standing as public trust with un-impeachable integrity.
    Today, Premium Times stands apart as a public trust with exceptional international afflatus abroad.
    No other public institution inside Nigeria comes near Premium Times in honest appraisal of policy.
    The Buhari regime should step back from the brink of a slippery slope it endeavours with insouciance.
    A premeditated assault on Premium Times will force the best of Nigerians to tackle Buhari as adversary.

    • Concerned Nigeriana

      POLICE SHOULD ARREST TREASURY THIEVES, NOT WHISTLE-BLOWERS.
      EIGHT HUNDRED BILLION NAIRA IS MISSING IN LAGOS STATE; ARREST THIEVES.
      LEAVE THE INNOCENT JOURNALISTS ALONE; ARREST NIGERIA’S TREASURY THIEVES.

      • Alkaliimaam

        The corruption BUHARI sweeps under carpet: CENTRAL BANK audit result

        • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
        • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
        • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
        in one year.
        • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
        for charter service.
        • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
        • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
        expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
        • ₦20billion was entered as paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons
        unknown.
        • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
        Central Bank image.

  • Sanu Olabinwonu Ewedemi

    I VOTED FOR BUHARI IN 2015. I must give a public apology in my real name so that i can get forgiveness
    from God Almighty. I joined slow-thinking people to use my thumb to vote for the destruction of my country.
    This is a big sin I can no longer live with in my conscience. That is why I am making this public apology.

    • Gary

      Sir, bravo for doing as your conscience directs but you owe nobody an apology for a vote cast based on insufficient information or the propaganda campaign (still ongoing) by the APC and the complicit Press in selling a whitewashed image of Buhari to the Nigerian people.

    • Shawn

      i can bet you didnt vote for buhari,,,what has buhari got to do with the arrest ? was the reason mentioned at all in the reports so far ?

      • Champ

        Since it wasn’t mentioned that is why Buhari must be held responsible because the FG controls the police

    • Mosley

      This same Premium Times, Punch and some others were recruited or created to sell a Buhari to gullible Nigerians. Who know how much they were paid.

  • Xxxstealth

    @disqus_MQvfPOmXEM:disqus

    At last the Buhari government
    has started its long-predicted war against freedom of speech. It is par for the
    course that a failing government will sooner or later fight the media for
    exposing its foibles. The next two years will be bloody in Nigeria.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    Buhari is already confused, this is just a distraction, Nigerians are hungry and journalists are not the problems.

  • Ajike Ole

    But I wonder why people were do convinced that buhari will deliver. Please can anyone tell me buhari’s core competent and what was he saying during the campaign? I will make $1=#1, I will pay #5000. To poor Nigerians, fight kwaraption and fix the economy, how? He doesn’t understand basic economics’ so with what proficiency will a buhari with his literacy level achieve all that. My question to his support had always been, if you own MTN, GLO even DANGOTE group will you appoint a buhari a CEO let alone a complex state like Nigeria. Gej was not the best but can’t be compared to buhari. In the future it will be fine to develop our political culture to be able to make a qualitative decision although democracy is quantitative and that is the bane of majoritarian rule but qualitative decision will help in a quantitative game.

    • Mosley

      I have asked this same question, over and over, but the Tinubu, Amaechi, Fashola sold him to Nigerians using the ethnic card. What were Buhari’s achievement all his years both as a serving military man and w retired? Our society is too sophiscated to have a Bihari as president. It is unfortunate.

    • Arabakpura

      If you think it’s easy to sell a good candidate in Nigeria without considering the primordial sentiments, bring one on! Jonathan whom we trusted so much disappointed us and I don’t see how you can have a good candidate govern Nigeria because of the way they are thrown up! By the way, you need to wean yourself of the fact that a President must know all; it is the cabinet and his ability to choose and manage that matter more but suaveness and astuteness will be added advantages!

      • Ajike Ole

        My brother know body knows it all so I don’t expect him to but his lack of appreciation of basic knowledge and he doesn’t accept that he doesn’t appreciates makes impossible to appoint men of dexterity with huge administrative acumen and astute managerial prowess. I only asked of his core competence not that any body should know it all

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  • Champ

    Good for them. Next time you will not package propaganda and sell to the public

  • otunga

    WHAT’S THE PRESIDENT WHO’S ON A VACATION GOT TO DO WITH THE ARREST OF THESE CHAPS???!?!!!??????? FOR GOD’S SAKE….NIGERIANS ARE SO IDIOTIC, LOOK AT THE TRASH LOWLIFES ARE WRITING….I’D THESE GUYS WERE ARRESTED FOR LACK OF CENSORSHIP OF COMMENTS WHICH ARE TREASONABLE TO THE NIGERIAN STATE, FREEDOM WITHOUT CONTROL IS CHAOS, SOCIAL MEDIA MUST BE REGULATED, A SITUATION WHERE ANY MISCREANT WHO HAS ACCESS TO DATA CAN BE ALLOWED TO SAY ALL KINDS OF BULLSHIT SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE, NIGERIANS SHOUT RULE OF LAW IN COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE BURNT ALIVE FOR STEALING N100…NUMBSKULLS

  • Orly O. Ajayi

    Premium Times Editor,

    Why is Jonathan’s government better than this Buhari APC mess?

    I want to appeal to the brains
    inside Premium Times to help us take second look into this issue: WHY IS THE
    JONATHAN GOVERNMENT FAR BETTER THAN THE Muhamadu BUHARI MESS?

    No newspaper in Nigeria has really looked into this issue. We want Premium Times
    to help us dig out the real reasons. People are saying all over the place in Kaduna
    and Abuja that the Jonathan government is far better, but they don’t then dig further
    to say the reasons.

    Unless we know how Goodluck Jonathan did it there’s no way we can know
    why Muhamadu Buhari has not got anything right since 29th of May, 2015.
    And if we don’t know why, it means we will soon be forced to pour onto the
    streets in mass protest, very soon, because Buhari made Nigeria un-liveable
    for honest people who don’t want to take bribe or steal money. The Buhari
    government is only for thieves who want to steal. Buhari has no plan for any
    honest person. We don’t want a government of thieves by the thieves for the
    thieves.

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