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The founder of Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), Mr. Fisayo Soyombo, has been released on bail by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Soyombo was freed yesterday evening after he spent several hours at the Force Headquarters, Abuja He had gone to the Force Headquarters to honour a police invitation in connection with a story on the deputy inspector-general of police (IGP), Joseph Egbunike. The journalist confirmed his release when he said: “I am out.” He...

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The Nigeria Police have detained founder, Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Isayo Soyombo at the Force Headquarters in Abuja for exposing corruption in the force. His detention followed honoured invitation on Monday by the security personnel. The journalist who honoured the invitation discovered it was in connection to a story on the award of contracts for police camps. The transit police accommodations are located in Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina and Kano States. It is unclear...

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ABUJA — The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Monday, ordered the detention of investigative journalist, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. It was learnt that Soyombo, the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, was detained when he honoured a police invitation. He was, however, granted bail after about eight hours in police custody. FIJ, in a Facebook post, wrote, “We can confirm that our Founder Fisayo Soyombo has been released by...

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GUSAU — In order to curtail the spread of fake news, Zamfara State has barred officials from Ministries, Departments and Agencies from disseminating information regarding policies and programmes of the government. The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, made the disclosure while addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists on Thursday in Gusau. Dosara said the Zamfara State Government centralized information management to the ministry to curtail the spread of...

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LAGOS — The United States of America, Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has urged the Nigerian media to leverage their right to press freedom by countering propaganda and disinformation through regular and impartial fact-checking. Leonard, while speaking on Thursday in Lagos during a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Nigerian Guild of Editors, said that a team approach was needed to help improve public trust in the media. “One of the challenges that democracies...

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm over sensational reporting of activities of bandits, terrorists, secessionists in the Nigeria media, warning that it holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence. Dr. Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer in a press statement, Friday night, advised the media to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news, noting that bandits, terrorists, and secessionists thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from the media. “The DSS wishes...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) says plans have been concluded with the US Embassy in Nigeria to train journalists on Media Freedom and to open the civic space across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Mr. Mustapha Isah, President of NGE disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja. Isah said for many years, the Guild had never had this kind of collaboration, adding...

ABUJA — Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has charged media practitioners to always verify reports on security before dissemination to avoid misinformation and inciting people against the government. El’Rufia represented by his Special Adviseron Intergovernmental Relations, Hannatu Dalhat, gave the charge at the 17th All Nigerian Editors Conference on Friday in Abuja. He said that the state took some measures to address the insecurity challenges, adding that sometimes reporting on issues not fully verified...

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YOLA — Media Chiefs in Adamawa have stressed the need for the Mass Media and Civil Society Organizations to sensitize the electorate for them to elect credible leaders that have the yearnings and aspirations of the people at heart. The General Managers of Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Yola Mr. Alleni Ethan Dah and his counterpart of Pulaaku F.M Yola Alhaji Sambo Abubakar gave the charge while receiving a delegation from the non-government organized NGO, the...

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For peddling false reports about the Benue state government and attempting to sabotage his image, Governor Ortom has asserted that a lawsuit will be instituted against George Akume, minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs. Ortom disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking at the government house in Makurdi, the state capital. According to the governor, Akume had one instigated members of the state assembly against in a bid to ensure his impeachment. Ortom noted that...

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