The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned the young Editor of NewsDigest, Abuja-based online newspaper, Gidado Yushau and award-winning campus journalist, Alfred Olufemi, before a magistrate court in Ilorin Metropolis.
They were arraigned over a petition from a company owned by the recently appointed Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Finance and Economy, Sarah Alade, over an investigative report on hemp smoking published on May 19, 2018.
The investigative report titled: "Inside Kwara factory where Indian hemp smoking is 'legalized," was authored by Mr Olufemi, a student journalist at Obafemi Awolowo University.
According to the report, Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industry, one of the groups of companies owned by the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sarah Alade, tolerated the smoking of cigarettes, as well as Indian hemp by workers within its vicinity.
The report also stated that the industry refused to respond to Mr Olufemi's inquiry on the disturbing situation after he had put several calls and text messages to the industry's hotlines.
Police operatives earlier arrested the platform's professional webmaster, Adebowale Adekoya, in Lagos and Gidado Yushau in Abuja before taking them to Ilorin for further questioning. Mr Olufemi Alfred voluntarily submitted himself to the police later in Ilorin.
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