We reported yesterday that one of Nigeria’s most outspoken and fearless journalists Omoyele Sowore the publisher of Sahara reporters was attacked and arrested by the Lagos State police command after a petition against him by another UK based journalist Lekan Fatodu.
Omoyele Sowore gained temporary freedom out of the net of the police in the early hours of this morning and you can trust he has a lot to say already.
In a public post on facebook, Sowore confirms his release and once again revealed the reason for his attack and consequent arrest.
According to the publisher, Sahara Reporters had publish an article exposing his accuser of involvement in laundering money for Femi Fani-Kayode.
As soon as the opportunity arose, Lekan Fatodu attacked him and tried to kill him in public but for the intervention of the public.
“On Wednesday, Lekan and a friend of his referred to as “Ándre” waylaid me at GRA Ikeja and tried to kill me. The attempt was resisted by the public, following which he showed up later with a police van from Area “F” police with a plain cloth police team.” Sowore said.
“As it turned out, Commissioner of the Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni was part of the conspiracy, as he pulled out a petition alleging “criminal defamation” against me, got upset when I questioned his position and impartiality, and threatened to deal with me.” he revealed.
According to Sowore, the attack and plan to kill him was organized by the Nigeria police because they had not been able to arrest him directly.
Sowore was later made to sign a bail for himself on self recognizance which he declined since his case was not a proper arrest. He was released and asked to return on Thursday by 2pm.
“I will return to Panti on Thursday as requested, to confront the police over the case. Rest assured that I’ve always prepared for things of this nature this in the course of my self-appointed duties as a conscience of the public. If you have spare time tomorrow, meet me at the SCID at Panti at 2 pm. There is no retreat and no surrender.”
Mr Sowore said.