Nigerian authorities are said to have arrested the publisher of prominent news organization Sahara Reporters this evening.
FastNews reports that the former member of the House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko, through his lawyers Trifold Law & Partners, filed a petition titled “A petition against Sahara Reporters Foundation and Mr. Omoyele Sowore for criminal defamation, injurious falsehood publication of news known to be false contrary to section 391, 392, 393, 394, 395 and 418 of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria.”
The petition signed by Bryan U. Ukaegbu on behalf of the law firm accuses Sowore of several defamatory statements on his news outfit, social media handles aimed at running down their client’s business and political career.
According to the petition the publications were believed to have been done recklessly with no honest belief in the truth of the said words. Stating further that the quoted statements have elicited intense apprehension of an imminent attack on his client.
Meanwhile, reacting to the petition, the police have since arrested Sowore and are currently held at the Force CID headquarters in Abuja awaiting further investigation.