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Dayo Aiyetan, the publisher of the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and Nurudeen Akewushola, a reporter at the organisation.

29.05.2024 Featured ICIR Publisher, Reporter Released After Nine-Hour Detention

Published 29th May, 2024

By Timileyin Akinmoyeje

Dayo Aiyetan, the publisher for the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and Nurudeen Akewushola, a reporter at the same organisation, have been released from police custody. Their release was disclosed by the ICIR through an X post on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, both journalists left the Nigeria Police Force Cybercrime Centre at 9:15 pm yesterday, more than nine hours after they honoured the invitations of the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

READ ALSO: ICIR Publisher, Reporter Unreachable Hours After Honouring Police Invitation

Akewushola was said to be released on bail to Mojeed Muskilu, the president of the International Press Institute (ICIR).

Aiyetan confirmed his release and that of Akewshola on his X page on Tuesday. He described their experiences in police custody as a brazen abuse of state power. He also accused Solomon Arase, a former inspector general of police, of engineering the invitation and questioning.

“After nine hours of questioning, writing statements, arguing, shouting and appealing, Nurudeen Akewushola and I were released by the Nigeria Police Force Cybercrime Centre. What happened today is a shameful and brazen abuse of power by a man who deems himself above the law,” said Aiyetan in a tweet.

“Former IGP Solomon Arase is behind the invitation and detention of both of us for exposing corruption that he presided over. Today, he leads the Police Service Commission. I say it boldly here that Solomon Arase is not fit for that office.”

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Akewushola also confirmed his release through his X page at 10:16 pm on Tuesday. FIJ earlier reported how both journalists were detained for more than six hours after honouring the invitation of the police and the ICPC.

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Published 29th May, 2024

By Timileyin Akinmoyeje

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