Nigerian journalist, Samuel Ogundipe who has been detained since Tuesday 14th of August has been released.
He was released this morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja. The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday after Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal representation.
On that day, Mr Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20. However on Friday morning, PREMIUM TIMES learnt Mr Ogundipe was to be taken to the same court. The company’s lawyer was thus present at the court.
At the court, the lawyer argued for the bail of Ogundipe, a request that was not opposed by the police counsel. The judge granted the bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety who must be resident withing the court’s jurisdiction. The bail conditions were met and Ogundipe was released.