The arrested Editor and webmaster of NewsDigest, an Abuja-based online newspaper, Mr. Gidado Yushau, and Mr. Adebowale Adekoya, have been released by the Kwara State Police Command after they were thoroughly quizzed for publishing an investigative report in May 2018.
The Chairman Board of Directors of Image Merchants Promotions Limited (IMPR), Publishers of PRNigeria, Dr. Sule Yau Sule made the disclosure on Thursday.
IMPR is the parent company of the NewsDigest.
Dr. Sule said after preliminary interrogation of the two NewsDigest’s workers, both Gidado and Adekoya, were released on bail but asked to return next Monday with Alfred Olufemi for further questioning.
The story was written by an award-winning campus journalist and investigative reporter, Mr. Alfred Olufemi, who is a student of one of the foremost universities in Nigeria.
Gidado and Adekoya were arrested by detectives of the Lagos State and Kwara Police Command, last Friday, and on Tuesday, respectively.
While Adebowale was picked up at his house in Lagos, Gidado was arrested in Abuja, at his Wuye District residence. They were conveyed to Ilorin early Wednesday morning, by four Police detectives, in a blue-colored vehicle.
Sule said the condition of one of the released staff, who was seriously sick, worsened during the long journeys and detention by the Police.
“There is a need for the released staff to be given urgent and proper treatment after a thorough medical examination might have been conducted on them.”
The Chairman who condemned the arrest and detention of the two young men said whatever reservation the agency may have on any news published, proper and civilized channels are there for a complaint to be made.
“Living in a society where freedom of expression and association is said to be guarded only for the security agencies to trample on such privilege is condemnable and unacceptable.
“There are many agencies whose responsibilities are to check the excesses of the media, then why the haste in hauling innocent journalists behind the bar,” he said.