IPC condemns unlawful detention of Secret Reporters Editor-in-Chief

The International Press Centre, IPC, has condemned the unlawful detention of Tega Oghenedoro, Editor- -Chief of Secret reporters by the Department of State Services, DSS, Asaba, Delta State

Mr Oghenedoro released, is popularly known by his pen name, ‘Fejiro Oliver’ was detained for over 24 hours at the instance of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, a story he published on the alleged robbery incident the Delta State Government House, according to report by Sahara reporters dated June 2, 2020

a statement Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, IPC said his detention by security operatives was illegal and unconstitutional, thereby violating his to freedom of expression guaranteed under the constitution

“Journalists have constitutional obligation to report issues of interest to the and should not barred harassed in the of such reportorial duties” he asserted

Mr Arogundade urged the government officials to uphold democratic principles and refrain from abusive use of power and office to muzzle journalists and the other independent voices at the faintest criticism.