Although, Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore has been released from detention hours after he was arrested following a criminal defamation petition filed by journalist, Lekan Fatodu, the Lagos State Police Command has released a statement to state the true situation of things.
The press statement released by the state police command Public Relations officer, Dolapo Badmus reads:
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 alleged threat to life, defamation of character and blackmail made by Lekan against Omoyele. Both parties were subsequently referred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti where the case has been under investigation.
SP DOLAPO BADMOS
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER.
LAGOS STATE COMMAND