The Lagos State police command on Wednesday arrested Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters, for alleged “criminal defamation and blackmail”.
London based journalist publisher, Lekan Fatodu, claims Sowore threatened his life and career.
Lekan Fatodu wrote on Twitter: “BREAKING! I just got Sowore Omoyele of Saharareporters arrested for criminal defamation and blackmail and threat to my life and career.”
Sowore is accused of publishing an alleged money laundry publication in which Mr. Fatodu was indicted of assisting Nigerian politicians in moving money out of the country.
In a story titled “How Femi Fani-Kayode Used Fronts To Receive Funds From Ex-NSA Dasuki’s Arms Purchase Funds”, Saharareporters claims: “Former President Jonathan reportedly approved for Mr. Dasuki to pay some monies to Mr. Fani-Kayode through Leeman Communications Limited, a company managed by a Uk-based journalist and PR consultant, Lekan Fatodu. The former NSA then wired the payment through an account, FG/NS062014. Investigators allege that, as soon as Leeman Communications Ltd received the funds, Mr. Fani-Kayode then sent text messages to Leeman Communications Ltd to release his portion of the payment through a female front, Olushola Grace Obaze, through her account number, 001-542-8962, at Diamond Bank.”
Sowore was arrested at his house in Lagos and moved to area F at Ikeja after Fatodu, who lodged the complaint to police, received tip about the Sahara reporters’ boss appearance in the state and reported to nearby police station for his immediate arrest.
Reacting to his arrest, Sowore wrote on Facebook: “I was physically attacked today by a Gang led by Lekan Fatodu this part of a VIDEO of him assaulting 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 in the presence of the police. I could have been I am familiar with this style of the Nigerian police. We are now being driven to Panti in Yaba res of Lagos,” he added.