FIJ journalist in police custody requires medical attention – Lawyer

Adebari Oguntoye
Adebari Oguntoye
Daniel Ojukwu

Ridwan Oke, a human rights lawyer, says Daniel Ojukwu, a journalist with The Foundation of Investigative Journalism (FIJ), who is currently in police custody, requires medical attention for his health condition.

Ojukwu was abducted on May 1 by police operatives in Lagos and was taken to the state criminal investigation department (CID) in Panti.

The family of the journalist and FIJ management did not initially know the whereabouts of Ojukwu until 48 hours after he was declared missing.

The journalist is not allowed to communicate with his family members and friends as his mobile gadgets have been seized.

Providing an update on the case on Saturday via X, the lawyer said he had visited Ojukwu at the state CID in Panti.

Oke said the police officers claimed to have a remand warrant against the journalist but declined to show it.

The lawyer said he was informed that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) National Cybercrime Centre, Abuja is in charge of the case.

Speaking on the health conditions of the journalist, Oke said the police would be accountable if anything happened to the Ojukwu in their custody.

He added that the detained journalist has not been granted medication despite having certain health conditions.

“Daniel, up until this moment, hasn’t been officially shown the petition against him, nor has the police communicated who the complainant is to him,” the lawyer wrote.

“The unit involved is said to be the NPF National Cybercrime Centre (NCC) from Abuja, which means the offence being alleged is a bailable offence but he has not been offered bail, and they haven’t presented him in court as enshrined in our laws.

“The officers here in Panti said they can’t help as it is not their case. No one is taking responsibility. Now, I have tried to reach @Princemoye1 (the force spokesperson), but he’s not picking up or returning.

“No one has so far offered any meaningful explanation, and a citizen is being detained unnecessarily for a bailable offence. You have to free Daniel now. He has certain health conditions that need medical attention. If anything happens to him, the Nigerian Police Force @PoliceNG should be held accountable.”

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