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Journalist Accuses Lagos State Task Force of Extortion, Demands Refund

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Mr. Babajide Guerrero, a sports journalist, has accused officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit of extorting N100,000 from him on December 19, 2022, and is demanding a refund of...

Court Bars Journalists from Covering Proceedings in Rape Case

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On December 21, 2022, journalists who went to court to cover the trial of Dr. Femi Olaleye, who is charged with defiling his wife’s niece, were barred by Justice Ramon Oshodi of the Sexual...

Police Assault Radio Reporter Filming a Lynching Scene

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On December 19, 2022, Mr. Muhammad Bello Dabai, a reporter with Premier Radio in Kano was manhandled by policemen for filming an incident in which a man was being lynched. The policemen later forcefully...

Police Detain Vanguard Reporter over Petition in which He was not Named

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On December 19, 2022, Mr. Luminous Jannamike, the Religious Affairs and Civil Society correspondent of the privately-owned Vanguard newspaper, was detained on the orders of Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police,...

Kano Magistrate Court Summons WikkiTimes over Alleged Defamation, Cyberstalking

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A magistrate court sitting in Kano has summoned WikkiTimes, a Bauchi-based investigative and data journalism platform, over an investigative story which some construction companies indicted in the story alleged was defamatory and amounts to...

Kano Upper Sharia Court Sentences Islamic Cleric to Death for Blasphemy

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On December 15, 2022, an upper Sharia Court in Kano convicted an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara of blasphemy by defaming the personality of Prophet Muhammad while preaching at his mosques at Filin...

Nominations Open for 2023 Courage in Journalism Awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2023 edition of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) annual Courage in Journalism Awards, which honor women and...