Our reporter gathered that Ogungbemi’s arrest and detention might be connected with an opinion article in the latest edition of the magazine, which focused on the Chief of Staff to the governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja. The article had criticised Onoja, describing him as overzealous and acting as if he was the governor of the state. Governor Yahaya Bello had in a recent broadcast vowed to deal with any journalist who engaged in what he described as “irresponsible journalism.” Meanwhile, the Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and publishers of community-based newspapers in the state have condemned the arrest and detention of Ogungbemi, describing it as the height of impunity. They described the arrest as an attempt to muzzle the press in the state, saying it was “unnecessary and uncalled for.” The body of journalists in the state called on government and security agencies to see freedom of expression and constructive criticism as factors that aid good governance and democracy. They called on the state government, concerned authorities and security agencies to ensure the immediate release of Ogungbemi.]]>

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