Reacting to the arrest of Premium Times Journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, veteran singer, Eedris Abdulkareem called out Nigeria’s Police Inspector General (IGP) Ibrahim Idris.
Eedris Abdulkareem who stated that Samuel Ogundipe will rather give the IGP hundreds of sleepless nights and super high blood pressure rather than expose his source, noted that a Journalist would rather be tortured, jailed or in the extreme, killed rather than disclose his source.
His post reads;
A Journalist would rather be tortured, jailed or in the extreme, killed rather than disclose his source. To the Journalist, it is sacrosanct, it is cardinal, it is the peak of his ethical responsibility to never disclose his source. Many have gone to jail and it is considered a badge of honour in the profession.
Mr IGP, the young man, Samuel Ogundipe will give you hundreds of sleepless nights and super high blood pressure if you are waiting for him to expose his source. He would rather go to jail and when out, will be held in honour, promoted, sponsored by international organisations, remembered and used as reference by students of journalism and journalists world over.
Mr IGP sir, what will you be remembered for beyond your transmissioning gaffe, will you even still be in the police force after this dispensation? What will you be remembered for? Putting a Journalist in jail? Disobeying the president? Oppression and suppression of truth? It sure doesn’t end here, Sir. Conscience is an open wound, Sir.
The police have since his arrest on Tuesday been putting pressure on Mr Ogundipe to disclose his source for the story which revealed a report sent to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
In the report, the police chief indicted the former director general of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura, for last week’s siege at the Senate. On Thursday, Police Spokesperson, Mr Moshood accused Mr Ogundipe of “theft of classified documents” used in writing the story.
However it has now been gathered that the embattled journalist, has been granted bail and released.