The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has revealed that the Security Reporter of Premium Times, Samuel Ogundipe, was being held for erring against the provision of the Official Secret Act and Cyber Crime Act.
The police Spokesman, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement issued in on Thursday in Abuja.
Jimoh who further added that Ogundipe is being tried for theft of classified document, insisted that the reporter’s action remains detrimental to national security and could jeopardise peace and cause crisis in the country.
Ogundipe was arrested last Tuesday by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over the publication of the report of Police investigation into the invasion of the National Assembly by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Ogundipe had since been remanded in Police custody until August 20, 2018.
According to the Police mouthpiece, “The Force is categorically stating that Ogundipe is being investigated and prosecuted for the offences of theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents inimical to State/National Security that can jeopardise peace, breakdown of law and order capable of precipitating crisis in the country.
“Ogundipe is also being investigated and prosecuted under other offences which violate Official Secret Act, Cyber Crime Act, and the Penal Code for which he has volunteered statements and is standing trial.
“The Nigeria Police Force and the media are veritable partners in ensuring peace, law and order in the country, but the Force will not compromise or allow an offender to go scot free or pervert the end of justice,” the statement reads.