Police release Sahara Reporters publisher without charges

Omoyele Sowore, Publisher, SaharaReporters.com

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, has been freed without charges, hours after he was detained by the police in Lagos.

“He has been released without charges and without parting with anything,” Olanrewaju Suraj, a friend of Mr. Sowore, said while confirming the development to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night.

Mr. Sowore was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he was attacked by Lekan Fatodu, a Nigerian journalist based in the U.K., and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department in Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Mr. Fatodu said he engineered the arrest of the Sahara Reporters publisher through a petition he sent to the police against him.

Mr. Fatodu alleged blackmail, criminal defamation and threat to life by Mr. Sowore, the police told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Sowore denied the allegations.

But Mr. Suraj said his friend was released shortly after making a statement to the police, who did not ask him to do more.

“They only advised us to see tomorrow for peace and reconciliation efforts,” Mr. Suraj said. “We intend to take the advise of the police and meet with Lekan Fatodu tomorrow to settle everything.”

Mr. Fatodu could not immediately be reached for comments late Wednesday night.


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  • Oleku

    Buhari, Aisha Buhari ati Abba Kyari want to silence Sowore for his consistent exposé of their profligacy. So the old senile Dullard didn’t learn any lesson from his 80’s experience when he tried to gag the press? Buhari ati APC should leave SaharaReporters alone, the most credible news platform followed by PT after pocketing the rest of the brown envelope journalists. 2019 here we come so we can sack this dictator.

    • Sean

      Hatred, bigotry, corruption, murder and threat to peace is the basis of your life, people like you should do the world favour by killing yourselves !!

      • Julius

        No, we should keep him alive. People like him makes some of us know that we are normal !! All we have to do is keep an eye on them, keep them in check !

    • Sam

      No you are wrong Oleku. Even Falodu is more of interest to the government than Sowore, because of the “alleged” shady transaction deals with FFK.

    • princegab

      Please take the advice to stop drinking ODEKU, Mr oleku.

      • wonderboi

        Hehe oleku high on odeku

    • Julius

      lolz, you really need to stop drinking and smoking crack. Didn’t you once said he was working for Buhari and APC ?. You dey craze 4real.

  • Rominiyis

    The most brave Nigerian ever. One has give Omoyele Sowore deserved credit. Nigeria needs more of the likes Omoyele.

  • Ebun Olaseni P.


    But what’s the beef? What’s Olanrewaju Suraj spatting over? Premium Times didn’t say.
    Or said what Olanrewaju Suraj’s petition to the police alleged. So, as it is, no one has
    an idea of what’s been going on. Police advised Omoyele Sowore and Olanrewaju Suraj
    to make up next day and possibly report back on amity but that’s like fighting over Gala.
    Were there really serious issue of State or crime, Police would not advise that line at all.

    • Say the truth

      Read the story again and come back to comment. You are too impatient. Sowore has no problem with Suraj but with Lekan Fatodu.

  • joe

    A stand-up mind, a man who has no fear to fight evil! I remember him in his days in Unilag. When we learn to produce more of such minds, our main problems (endemic corruption), will be solved much faster!

  • Ncustom Akhigbe


  • Say the truth

    How come the coward is willing to sit with Fatodu and ‘settle everything’. Sowore thinks he is lord and master in Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Sit and settle everything peacefully is coward acts to you ?. Jesus, you see what led us to an unnecessary civil war ? Na wa oo !!

      • absam777

        Please don’t bring Jesus name into a nice reply. Some people think through their ass.hole.

        • Julius

          Well, we need HIS help in this country . That’s why I called on him..lolz. I got ya point tho. Thank you !

    • otitokoro

      Be serious, dude. I would rather have Omoyele Sowore run Nigeria as opposed to the bastards responsible for the sorry state of affairs in that country. That you can put in your pipe and smoke it like my dad used to say.

  • NwaIgbo

    That’s good news, that’s all we want to hear.If police is looking for people to arrest, they should go to the National Assembly.