Nigeria / Africa

Madu Onuorah, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Global Upfront Newspapers, told CPJ he was arrested May 22 at his home in the Lugbe district of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. His image is seen here in a May 23 report about his arrest. (Screenshot: CPJ)

Nigerian journalist Madu Onuorah arrested for alleged defamation, released on bail

New York, May 24, 2024 — Nigerian authorities should drop their investigation into journalist Madu Onuorah and cease arresting journalists in connection with their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Armed police officers from Nigeria’s eastern Enugu and Ebonyi states arrested Onuorah, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Global Upfront Newspapers, at his home…

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On May 14, freelance journalist Jamil Mabai was briefly detained at the Hisbah offices in the Nigerian capital of Katsina. (Photo courtesy of Jamil Mabai)

Nigerian journalist Jamil Mabai detained by religious police while seeking interview

Abuja, May 20, 2024—Nigerian authorities should swiftly and comprehensively investigate the detention of freelance journalist Jamil Mabai by religious police in northern Katsina State and hold them to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.  Mabai, who was on assignment for the privately owned Trust TV, had been invited to the offices of the Hisbah,…

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Four police officers on patrol in Nigeria in 2023.

Nigerian police secretly arrest journalist Daniel Ojukwu over critical report

Abuja, May 8, 2024—Authorities in Nigeria should immediately release journalist Daniel Ojukwu and stop intimidating and arresting members of the press who investigate the government’s spending of public funds, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On May 1, Ojukwu, a reporter with the privately owned Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), went missing and his…

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Two scenes from from Nigerian journalist Fisayo Soyombo's investigation from "Undercover as a Smuggler," one on the left showing two men on a motorbike in the bush, and one on the right showing a map of Benin and Nigeria.

Police investigate Nigeria’s Foundation for Investigative Journalism after corruption coverage

Abuja, April 16, 2024—Nigerian authorities should immediately drop their investigation into the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and its founder, the award-winning undercover reporter, Fisayo Soyombo, and stop intimidating the chairperson of FIJ’s board of trustees, Bukky Shonibare, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On February 21, Soyombo published an investigation detailing how he…

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Journalists' damaged and abandoned equipment is seen at a hotel after unidentified men disrupted vote counting in Edo State on February 17.

Nigerian soldiers hit and detain journalist Dele Fasan, thugs attack 3 journalists covering election

On February 23, at least seven soldiers arrested and handcuffed journalist Dele Fasan and hit him with a gun as he filmed at the scene of a planned protest in Nigeria’s southern Delta State, according to news reports and Fasan, who spoke to CPJ by phone. Fasan, regional bureau chief for the privately owned Galaxy…

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Armed men take Nigerian journalist Segun Olatunji from Lagos home

Abuja, March 21, 2024—The Nigerian military should swiftly and publicly account for the whereabouts of First News editor Segun Olatunji, who was taken by armed men identifying themselves as officers with the army, disclose any charges against him, and ensure his safety, said the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday. On March 15, around 15…

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Nigerian police detain, assault journalist Kasarahchi Aniagolu

Abuja, March 7, 2024—Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers who detained and assaulted journalist Kasarahchi Aniagolu, and ensure journalists can work without fear that they will be attacked or harassed while reporting the news. Police officers detained, slapped, bodily assaulted, and hit Aniagolu with a gun. A reporter with the privately…

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Alfred Olufemi (left) and Gidado Yushau (right) at court on January 13, 2020. (Photo: Adejumo Kabir/Premium Times)

CPJ welcomes acquittal of Nigerian journalists Gidado Yushau and Alfred Olufemi and calls for legal reform

Abuja, March 1, 2024–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the February 14 decision by an appeal court in Nigeria’s western Kwara State acquitting journalists Gidado Yushau and Alfred Olufemi of criminal conspiracy and defamation, charges for which they were convicted last year, and reiterates the call for Nigerian authorities to reform their country’s laws to…

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A 2021 photo of the Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja, which ruled in favor of a local press group to compel the government to investigate attacks on journalists. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

CPJ urges Nigerian authorities to investigate attacks on journalists following court judgment

Abuja, February 22, 2024—Nigerian authorities must comply with a federal high court judgment ordering the government to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for attacking journalists in Nigeria, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.  In 2021 Nigerian local press freedom group Media Rights Agenda (MRA) filed a lawsuit requesting the court to compel the federal government…

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4 Nigerian journalists charged with cybercrime, defamation over fraud investigation

Abuja, February 9, 2024—Authorities in Nigeria should immediately drop all charges against journalists Adisa-Jaji Azeez, Salihu Ayatullahi, Salihu Shola Taofeek, and Abdulrahman Taye Damilola, and allow them to work without fear of arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday.  On Tuesday, police officers arrested Azeez, managing director, and Ayatullahi, editor-in-chief, of the privately owned The Informant247 news website, over…

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