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Nigerian authorities hunt, force Fisayo Soyombo into hiding for exposing corruption in police cells and prison

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Nigerian authorities are reportedly planning to the arrest of undercover journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, over an investigative report profiling corruption in Nigeria’s prisons.

WuzupNigeria reports that Soyombo’s undercover stories had exposed the depth of corruption in Nigerian police cells and prison.

The first instalment of the three-part investigation by Fisayo Soyombo, a former editor of The Cable and a contributor to Al Jazeera, detailed how Nigerian policemen “pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money”.

In the second part of the investigation published on Monday by The Cable, he exposed “how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.”

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During his investigation, Soyombo took on an alias – Ojo Olajumoke – spent five days in a cell at Pedro Police Station, Shomolu, Lagos. And eight days in Ikoyi prison.

The second part of Soyombo’s story reportedly irked the Nigerian prison authorities.

Quoting a security source, The Guardian reported that there were plans to arrest Soyombo at a workshop on fake news organised by Goethe Institute schedule for Tuesday evening.

Soyombo was scheduled to speak at the event but he has since pulled out and gone into hiding.

“Prisons authorities are very angry and have decided to get the journalist arrested,” The Guardian quoted a source as saying on Tuesday morning.

“He is to be charged to court and prosecuted under Section 29 of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act.”

Another source told The Guardian on Monday that Soyombo has been forced to vacate his residence for which he has just renewed rent and go underground.

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The hounding and the outright assassination of journalists who exposed the official corruption in Nigerian are rampant.

Agba Jalingo, a journalist and publisher of an online newspaper CrossRiverWatch, is currently in jail and facing allegations of treason after he published a story on alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

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Another journalist Jones Abiri is also facing prosecution under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016.

Abiri was held by Nigeria’s secret police without any charge between July 2016 to August 2018. He was rearrested nine months after he was freed by the Department of State Services.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 350 new COVID-19 cases, total now 11,516

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said, “On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 15 males, nine females

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15 males, nine females undergoing treatment for coronavirus at isolation centers in Lagos State have been discharged.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known in a statement on Thursday.

He said the patients were discharged after testing negative twice for the virus.

According to reports, a total of 952 patients have been discharged from Lagos isolation centers.

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Sanwo-Olu said, “Good people of Lagos State, today (Thursday), 24 more COVID-19 patients fully recovered.

“Fifteen males and nine females –all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH isolation centers were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 952.”

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JUST IN: Many feared killed in Kogi bank robbery attack

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An unspecified number of people were said to have been shot dead in a bank robbery attack in Isanlu, Kogi State, on Thursday.

A source, who spoke with reporters, said that the robbers stormed the bank a few minutes after closing hour, shooting sporadically and killing many customers and staff in the process.

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The robbers were said to have succeeded in the operation and carted away a huge amount of money.

Details of the attack are still sketchy as at the time of this report.

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