Four journalists arrested in Warri, Delta State on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Detectives of the Nigeria Police Force from Abuja have been released.
The said Police detectives had stormed the Press Centre of the Warri Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) where the Correspondent of Daily Post Online, Mr. Matthew Omonigho was whisked away.
Three other journalists, Mr Igafe Edeki of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Francis Sadhere of Business Day and Mr Christopher Odamah, a freelance journalist sent by the leadership of the Chapel to know the crime Omonigho committed were reportedly arrested and detained by the operatives.
It was gathered that the journalists were freed about 11:00pm following the intervention of the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa and the chairman of the state council of NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu.
The chairman of the Warri NUJ, Mr. Okies Vicky, confirmed the release of the four journalists but added that they were released after the detective obtained statement from them.
No reason has been given for the arrest of the Daily Post reporter and the other three journalists as they were asked to return to the Police Station today, (Wednesday, May 27, 2020) upon their release.