News Publisher Ayodele Samuel Regains Freedom After Spending Two weeks in Detention.
The publisher and Managing Editor of Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper, Ayodele Samuel, has been released.
SaharaReporters had reported how Ayodele was remanded in prison after a secret trial orchestrated by the Nigerian police on the orders of Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku.
Last Monday, it was learned that the Chief Executive Officer of Rock FM 92.3, Jalingo, and Publisher, Taraba Truths and Facts, was secretly arraigned by the police and remanded in prison afterward.
The police detained the publisher despite meeting the bail conditions given by the court.
He was remanded for many days despite meeting his bail conditions which were the provision of N10 million naira and two sureties who must be residents of Jalingo with landed properties worth N5 million naira each.
Lance Momodu, Ag. The editor of Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper confirmed Ayodele’s release in a statement on Tuesday.
According to him, the journalist is currently receiving medical care at a facility due to his deteriorated health condition and the trauma he has faced in the past few days.
The statement read, “We delight in announcing the release of Oloye Ayodele Samuel, publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper. Oloye Ayodele Samuel was released Monday evening following a judgment of a Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State.
“Justice Usman Bala had earlier ruled that the journalist, also the CEO of Rock FM, should be released immediately under the same bail conditions granted by the magistrate court where the case had begun.
“Ayodele is currently receiving medical care at a facility due to his deteriorated health condition and the trauma he has faced in the past few days. Despite the unfortunate experience, the publisher remains resolute and courageous to keep on carrying out his duty objectively for the furtherance of the state and the nation.
“Ayodele Samuel, along with his family, staff, and management of Taraba Truth and Facts and Rock FM Jalingo, also use this medium to thank all those who sympathized, advocated, and contributed one way or the other to his release, all media organizations, senior journalists and right groups that spoke against his unlawful arrest. Thank you.”