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Friday, 17 August 2018

Politics Africa : PDP demands immediate release of Samuel Ogundipe, calls Buhari a Dictator


PDP demands immediate release of Samuel Ogundipe, calls Buhari a Dictator
The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demanded the “immediate release” of Premium Times Newspapers reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was reportedly arrested and detained by the police over a report.
PDP noted that the continued detention of Ogundipe was “against his fundamental right to freedom as enshrined in the 1999 constitution (as amended).”

The party insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was “only reminiscent military Decree 4 of 1984” that empowers then dictatorial regime to arrest and detain journalists over reports considered to be against its interest.
This is was made known in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, who noted that opposition party emphatically condemned the alleged denial of personal freedom and manhandling of the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba by the police.

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PDP insisted that the “incessant clampdown on journalists and media houses by the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is completely unacceptable in a democracy and only reminiscent of military Decree 4 of 1984 that empowers then dictatorial regime to arrest and detain journalists over reports considered to be against its interest.
“We call on the general media and all lovers of democracy and free speech in the country to speak out against the unabating assault on the media by the APC administration as such poses a huge threat to our democracy and the rights of citizens in our country.”

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