Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Premium Times Publisher, Reporter

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Premium Times Publisher, Reporter

Chris Steven, Abuja

Global rights watchdog, Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of the Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi and reporter, Evelyn Okakwu.

In a series of tweets from its handle @AmnestyNigeria, the rights group said It “will investigate the circumstances of this raid and the arrests of the journalists.”

The group called on government to ensure that the journalists have access to their lawyers and families.

The group said the security agencies should immediately release the journalists or charge them to court even though it acknowledged that details were not available to it regarding the raid.

The management of Premium Times Thursday evening alerted the world to a clampdown on its Abuja office and arrest of its publisher and reporter by plain-clothes policemen.

The medium has recently had a running battle with the Nigerian Army authorities over reports the latter considered unfriendly.