Nigerians on Twitter have called on the Federal Government to ensure the safety of Fisayo Soyombo with the trend #KeepFisayoSafe.
Fisayo Soyombo an award-winning investigative reporter, had cried out over an alleged attempt to arrest him after his publication of two out of his three-part investigative report on corruption in Nigeria’s criminal and justice system.
The call came on Tuesday after the mediasphere was awash with reports stating that the top hierarchy of the Nigeria Correctional Services has launched a manhunt for the roving editor and contributor to Al-Jazeera.
Soyombo, who was scheduled to speak at a workshop on fake news organised by Goethe Institute on Tuesday evening pulled out and told Tribune Online earlier that “I’ve been made aware of the Nigerian authorities’ plan to arrest me.”
Adopting the pseudonym Ojo Olajumoke, Soyombo spent two weeks in detention, five days in a police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison, to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.
In the first of this three-part series entitled: “UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (I): Bribery, bail for sale… Lagos police station where innocent civilians are held and criminals are recycled” and published in The Cable and The ICIR on Monday, October 14, Soyombo uncovers how the police pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money.
In the second of the three-part series entitled: “UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping… The cash-and-carry operations of Ikoyi Prisons“, published also in The Cable and The ICIR, a week later, on Monday, October 21, Soyombo exposes “how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.”
Amnesty International said it “is concerned about threats to the life of Fisayo Soyombo @fisayosoyombo, an investigative #Journalist whose work recently exposed injustice & human rights violations. #JournalismIsNotAcrime #PressForFreedom #KeepFisayoSafe #Nigeria”