Nigerian authorities plan to arrest Fisayo Soyombo over undercover investigations


A journalist whose undercover tales uncovered the depth of corruption in Nigerian police cells and jail could also be arrested by the Nigerian authorities.

The first instalment of the three-part investigation by Fisayo Soyombo, a former editor of The Cable and a contributor to Al Jazeera, detailed how Nigerian policemen “pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money”.

In the second a part of the investigation revealed on Monday by The Cable, he uncovered “how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.”

During his investigation, Soyombo took on an alias – Ojo Olajumoke – spent 5 days in a cell at Pedro Police Station, Shomolu, Lagos. And eight days in Ikoyi jail.

His experiences contained audio, pictorial and video proof of corruption within the Nigerian judicial system.

The Guardian realized that it’s the second a part of Soyombo’s story that has irked the Nigerian jail authorities, particularly the comptroller-general of the jail companies.

A safety supply advised The Guardian on Tuesday morning that Soyombo, scheduled to talk at a workshop on faux information organised by Goethe Institute on Tuesday night, is to be arrested on the venue of the occasion. He has since pulled out of the occasion.

“Prisons authorities are very angry and have decided to get the journalist arrested,” the supply stated.

“He is to be charged to court and prosecuted under Section 29 of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act.”

Subsection 1 (d) of the Act states that an individual is deemed to have dedicated an offence if he “procures or facilitates the procurement of communication devices for an inmate or makes conversation or aids the making of conversation through a mobile phone or other devices to an inmate other than as provided in the Correctional Standing Orders and other related correctional policies.”

Another supply advised The Guardian on Monday that Soyombo has been pressured to vacate his residence for which he has simply renewed lease and has gone underground.

The hounding and the outright assassination of journalists who uncovered the official corruption in Nigerian are rampant.

Agba Jalingo, a journalist and writer of a web-based newspaper CrossRiverWatch, is presently in jail and dealing with allegations of treason after he revealed a narrative on alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

Another journalist Jones Abiri can also be dealing with prosecution underneath Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016.

Abiri was held by Nigeria’s secret police with none cost between July 2016 to August 2018. He was rearrested 9 months after he was freed by the Department of State Services.

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