Investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, detained over story on high-level police corruption.

The inspector General of police Usman Baba has ordered the detainment of an investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo.

It was gathered that Soyombo, the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, was detained on Monday after he honoured a police invitation.

It was gathered that his detention was as a result of an article he published August 2021, alleging that a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Joseph Egbunike, joined other police chiefs to approve more than N1bn for some police transit camp projects in Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina and Kano states.

Upon his arrival at the Force Headquarters on Monday, the journalist, in a Facebook post, wrote, “I have just arrived at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to honour an invitation from the Monitoring Unit of the Inspector General of Police. They say my ‘name and phone number featured in an investigation’ they are conducting.

“The decision to come was straightforward: I am a law-abiding citizen who has committed no crime unless journalism is one. If there is no update on this handle by dusk, it means I have been unjustly detained. I will be surrendering my devices now…”

Calls to Soyombo’s line were unreachable as at the time of making this report.

As at the time of filing this report, effort to reach the force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba has proved abortive.

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