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Defamation: ASKOMP calls for release of detained journalists

berates Kwara police CP, govt over attempt to silence the media

The Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) has condemned the position of the Kwara state Commissioner of Police, CP Paul Odama over the alleged defamation case which involves Dare Akogun and Abdulrasheed Akogun.

ASKOMP made this revelation via a statement signed by both its Chairman and Secretary, Shola Salihu Taofeek and Oyewale Oyelola respectively.

The associate of media practitioners in the state has condemned the manner the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Mr Paul Odama forced the duo to pen an apology letter to petition masterminded by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Kwara State.

The association has also revealed that such case of defamation has procedure for prosecution which has to be religiously followed without political interference from Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Kwara State Government.

ASKOMP also stated that the Akoguns are well prepared for formal prosecution which is in contradiction of the uncivil style of CP Odama to coerce the duo to pen an apology letter.

“It is disheartening that the Police, who are supposed to maintain neutrality and demonstrate professionalism is already taking side before commencement of the case. The association members in solidarity with Abdulrasheed Akogun and Dare Akogun witnessed the charade and drama at the Police Headquarters in Ilorin on Wednesday.”

ASKOMP has however called for immediate and unconditional release of the two to give room for formal investigation and prosecution of baseless case masterminded by Rafiu Ajakaye.

The association has also called on the Inspector General of Police to redeploy CP Odama as his incompetence, sense of prejudice and insensitivity might be a riot against the credibility of the much anticipating 2023 general elections.

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