Investigative Journalist, Soyombo Released After Hours at Force Headquarters

Fisayo Soyombo, the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), has just been released from detention hours after he had honoured an invitation by the Police at its headquarters in Abuja.

The journalist had earlier posted on his Facebook page that he was honouring an invitation by the police.

“I have just arrived at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to honour an invitation from the Monitoring Unit of the Inspector General of Police. They say my “name and phone number featured in an investigation” they are conducting.”

FIJ reports that Mr Soyombo, arrived at the force headquarters on Monday morning, but was not released until 6:26 pm.

He was said to have been detained on the orders of Usman Baba Alkali, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

FIJ reports that Soyombo’s invitation by the Police followed a story he publishes that exposed the award of transit police camp projects that do not exist to the tune of the contract sums.

The Committee to Protect CPJ has reported that Nigeria is one of the countries where journalists are unsafe.

According to CPJ, between 1992 to 2021, at least 24 Nigerian journalists have either died or got missing while doing their jobs.


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