PARIS, JANUARY 12, 2016: (DGW)SAHARA REPORTERS publisher, Omoyele Sowore has issued a statement after he had been released from police custody explaining his ordeal in the hands of security agents yesterday when he was arrested and whisked away to State Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command (SCID) Panti, Yaba, Lagos Nigeria.
This was contained in an update on his Facebook account. The publisher of pro-APC medium said he was released and asked to return to the police headquarters tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Nigerian time.
Omoyele Sowore was reportedly picked up yesterday by Nigerian security agents over a petition against the online news medium accusing him of criminal defamation.
Below is an extract culled from his Facebook account.
''Folks, I am finally back. However, I'll be back at the SCID at Panti, Yaba tomorrow at 2PM-familiar territory, the Lagos police commissioner Fatai Owodunmi was part of the plot.
He claimed to have a petition written against SaharaReporters two days ago for "criminal defamation." He was rude and hostile when I asked him why a civil petition was taking priority over a criminal assault.
When I was leaving Panti, they asked me to sign a bail bond to ensure my release, I refused to sign, asking them what my offense was, the DCP at Panti asked the investigating officer, and he said there was no crime recorded against me. They let me go as Inibehe Effiong, my pro-Bono lawyer, followed me to ask why a bail bond was necessary if there was no offense stated.''