Audacious Nigerian journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, whose investigative stories uncovered the gravity of corruption in Nigerian police cells is likely to be detained by the Nigerian authorities.
Soyombo who is a former editor of The Cable and a contributor to Al Jazeera in a three-part investigation gave a comprehensive analysis of what goes on in the Nigerian prisons. The first part was titled “pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money”.
However, in the sophomore part of the investigation which was published yesterday on The Cable, the Journalist exposed “how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.”
Soyombo who disguised as an inmate took on a pseudonym as Ojo Olajumoke, he spent eight days in Ikoyi prison and five days at Pedro Police Station, Shomolu, Lagos.
According to a report released by the Guardian, it is the second part of Soyombo’s story that has triggered the Nigerian prison authorities, especially the comptroller-general of the prison services.
As divulged by a security source to the Guardian, Soyombo ought to speak at a workshop hosted by Goethe Institute today (October 22), but he backed out on learning that the prison authorities had planned to clamp him down through that means.
“Prisons authorities are very angry and have decided to get the journalist arrested,” the source said.
“He is to be charged to court and prosecuted under Section 29 of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act.”
Another anonymous source who spoke to the Guardian said the investigative journalist has been hiding and also left his home which he just renewed rent.
Lately, journalists have been on their toes for fear of being assassinated or jailed by the authorities.
Currently, a journalist and publisher of an online newspaper CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo, is in jail for publishing a story of alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.
Also, Jones Abiri was prosecuted under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016.
Abiri was detained with no charges by Nigeria’s secret police from July 2016 to August 2018. Nine months after he regained freedom, the Department of State Services redetained him.