Posted: Jan 11, 2017 at 8:49 pm / by / comments (0)
Emmanuel Udom & Apata Oyeniran
Lagos – Fresh facts emerging over the arrest on Wednesday of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters, a New York based online media platform, who was arrested by police detectives attached to Area F police command in Ikeja, Lagos, have it that he may have been arrested over a N1.7 billion national security fund money laundering allegation made against Lekan Fatodu, publisher of Checkout International Magazine.
Independent gathered that Sowore was arrested over alleged blackmail, criminal defamation and threat to the life and career of Mr. Fatodu, who is based in London, United Kingdom.
Dolapo Badmos, police public relations officer, Lagos State police command, while confirming the arrest said Sowore posted an allegation on his site, where he accused Fatodu of money laundering.
The Saharareporter’s further indicted Fatodu of assisting Nigerian politicians in moving money out of the country.
However, a senior police officer at Area F police command in Ikeja disclosed off record that Sowore was arrested at his house in Lagos based on a tip-off and subsequently moved to Area F.
But, Fatodu in his twitter post on Facebook and Twitter post Wednesday wrote: “BREAKING! I just got Sowore Omoyele of Saharareporters arrested for criminal defamation and blackmail and threat to my life and career.
I’m sure you guys will remember how Sowore lied against me that I was used as a front to receive 1.7 billion naira of the National Security funds.
My refusal to agree to Sowore’s criminal demands and cut from the fictitious money made him to viciously attack my personality on his website.
And imagine this is someone I’ve known and I’ve been assisting for almost 20 years. We are still at the police station, and hopefully we be going to the court soon.”
But, as at the time of filing this report, it was not clear whether Sowore has been released on bail as the police image maker could not reached on phone.