Journalists Released after Week in Detention for Posts on WhatsApp
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) welcomes the release from detention of journalists Abdulrasheed Akogun and Dare Akogun, two Nigerian journalists harassed over their critical posts on a WhatsApp page.
The journalists, who are brothers, were granted bail by a magistrates’ court in Ilorin, Kwara State, on October 19, 2022, after six days in detention.
Dare Akogun, a journalist with the privately-owned Sobi 101.9FM, was arrested on October 13, 2022, alongside Abdulrasheed Akogun, who is also a journalist with the news website Fresh Insight, after the two made WhatsApp posts alleging corruption against an aide to the State governor. The arrest was on the orders of Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.