Nigerian Police

04.05.2023 Featured FIJ Journalist Bails Self After Lagos Police Arrest

Published 4th May, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye

Daniel Ojukwu, a reporter with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism and Social Justice (FIJ), has left detention in the Area F Police Station, Ikeja, Lagos, after facilitating bail for himself.

FIJ had earlier reported that police officers arrested Ojukwu on Wednesday evening.

Ojukwu said that the officers made false allegations against him at the police station.

READ MORE: Area F Police Arrest FIJ Reporter for Telling Them to Stop Punching a Driver

“I’ve been let go. I am free right now. They (the police) let me go at 10:51 pm. I was made to bail myself. I spoke with Awe Kayode, the DPO,” Ojukwu narrated on Wednesday night.

“I was in the Awolowo area around Ikeja when I observed two MOPOL officers in black uniforms without tags. Their names weren’t visible at the time. I later found out their names at the station. One of them was Inspector Nathaniel. Inspector Nathaniel had a long dagger on him and he was threatening to stab the driver’s tyre.

“Inspector John Vincent arrived at the scene and claimed that the driver had hit him with his arm outstretched from his minibus as he tried to navigate around a culvert. The driver did not know that Vincent was a police officer. I thought they were going to arrest the driver, but Vincent started throwing punches at the driver.

“I think the driver’s keys were taken and his vehicle was taken while he and Nathaniel followed on foot. When I got to them, I called Benjamin Hundeyin but he did not answer his calls at the time. I called another police official who spoke with Nathaniel. After the phone call, Nathaniel arrested me, seized my phone and ID card. He told me to follow them to their station.

“At the police station, they levelled false accusations against me. One of the officers claimed that I connived with the driver and helped him escape. Meanwhile, Vincent and other MOPOL officers were with the driver all along. They said that I conspired and interfered when they wanted to arrest the driver. They also claimed that they did not assault the driver.”

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Ojukwu said that Awe Olukayode, the Ikeja police division head, later intervened and expressed doubts over the allegations his officers made.

Olukayode directed police officers to offer Ojukwu a self-bail form to fill.

“I was asked to fill a form the DPO called ‘self’ to bail myself. They told me that I could go tonight and return tomorrow,” Ojukwu explained.

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Published 4th May, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye


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