Sahara Reporters publisher, ‘Omoyele Sowore’ who was arrested on Wednesday, 11th January 2017 has been released by the Lagos State Police Command (LSPC).
Omoyele Sowore who was arrested over alleged blackmail and criminal defamation was picked up at his residence by police officers and was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
According to 'The Cable', Sowore's arrest was facilitated by a journalist, Lekan Fatodu who was reported to have been in a physical altercation with the publisher prior to the Police arrival.
Sowore accused the LSPC of conniving with Lekan to assault him.
"I was physically attacked today by a gang led by Lekan Fatodu… he assaulted me before police officers at Area “F” in Ikeja in Lagos. After the police intervened soon as I was attacked by Lekan Fatodu and his friends in Lagos, we were taken to the CP’s office in Lagos"
"Turns out he was in on this, he pulled out a supposed petition written by Lekan from his hat after that he became very hostile towards me and ordered that we be driven to State CID, at Panti in Lagos".
"It is very obvious that this was planned between Lekan Fatodu and the police. They offered him unbridled support as he continued attacking me".
The spokesperson for the LSPC, ‘Dolapo Badmos’ denied Sowore's claims, adding that the police had responded to a distress call that he was being attacked by hoodlums but on arrival, they found the Sahara Reporters publisher involved in a physical brawl with Lekan Fatodu and arrested both parties.
"Today, 11/1/2017 at about 15:39hrs, a distress call was received by the Lagos State Police Command that Mr Omoyele Sowore – Publisher of Sahara Reporters was being attacked by suspected hoodlums around Isaac John street, GRA, Ikeja".
"The police swiftly responded, and upon arrival at the scene contrary to the report that a robbery attack was taking place, the police met the duo of Mr Omoyele Sowore and Mr Lekan Fatodu engaged in a brawl/altercation. With a view to ascertaining what led to the false alarm of a robbery, both parties were taken before the commissioner of police".
"In the course of police intervention, it was found out that the brawl is in connection with an earlier complaint of an alleged threat to life, defamation of character and blackmail made by Lekan against Omoyele".
Badmos further revealed that both parties were referred to the SCID for further investigations.