Detained Premium Times Reporter Regains Freedom

A magistrate court sitting in Abuja has granted  PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been detained since Tuesday bail.

Mr Samuel  Ogundipe  reporter , was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in  Abuja.

The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday after Mr Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal representation. On that day, Magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.

However on Friday morning, Mr Ogundipe was taken to the same court. At the resumed sitting of the  court, the lawyer argued for the bail of Mr Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel.

The magistrate granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

The bail conditions were met and Mr Ogundipe later released.