The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the ongoing harassment and unlawful detention of journalists by officers of the Nigerian Police Force in Warri, Delta State.
IPC bemoaned the extrajudicial act of the police while reacting to the recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists that Matthew Omonigho (Daily Post Newspaper), Edeki Igafe (News Agency of Nigeria), Christopher Odamah (Delta Trumpet Newspaper), Onyekachukwu Meluwa (Punch Newspaper) and Francis Sadhere (Business Day Newspaper) were recently harassed and unlawfully detained over their professional connections with Cletus Opukeme, Publisher of Daily Watch news website.
In a statement, Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, International Press Centre urged the police to desist from harassing and unlawfully detaining journalists.
He said that the force should publicly disclose the reason they are seeking journalist Cletus Opukeme.
“Journalists should be allowed the liberty to work without fear of harassment and intimidation from security operatives” Arogundade added.
Mr. Arogundade urged the Delta State Police Command to follow due process if any of the concerned journalists is suspected to have violated any law.