EMMANUEL UDOM & APATA OYENIRAN
Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Saharareporters, a New York based online media platform was arrested Wednesday by police detectives attached to the Lagos State police command.
Dolapo Badmos, police public relations officer for the state police command confirmed the arrest when one of our correspondents called her.
According to Badmos, a superintendent of police, Sowore was arrested in connection with alleged criminal defamation, blackmail and threat to a London-based journalist.
The publisher is also alleged by the police of threatening the life and career of the journalist, identified as Lekan Fatodu, editor-in-chief of Checkout International Magazine.
Sowore is accused of publishing an alleged money laundry publication in which Lekan Fatodu, was indicted of assisting Nigerian politicians in moving money out of the country.
According to the police image maker, Sowore was arrested at his house in Lagos and moved to area F Police Command in Ikeja, Lagos after Fatodu lodged a complaint with the police.
Fatodu, however, received a tip-off about the Saharareporters’ boss appearance in the state and reported to the nearby police station for his immediate arrest.
But, it later came online after a tweet by the medium on the attack, It is however unclear at this time if the two events are related.