Police detain journalist for knowing too much about the Lawan bribe

by Isi Esene

Lambert Tyem, a crime reporter for an Abuja based newspaper, Peoples Daily, has been detained by the Special Task Force Unit of the Nigeria Police over allegations that he was revealing too much information regarding their investigation into the alleged $3m bribery scandal involving House of Representatives member, Farouk Lawan, and Zenon Oil boss, Femi Otedola.

The journalist was invited to the Police Headquarters to divulge his source of information as regards the police investigation.

He was subsequently detained for six hours.

According to the Premium Times, Tyem was accused of hacking into the police operational system to obtain classified information regarding the investigation.

He was said to have arrived the police headquarters at 11.30am. and was only released on bail at about 5.30pm. He was, however, asked to return to the headquarters by 10am on Monday, July 23.

Reports say, Tyem was threatened by the police to be tried on charges of “criminal case of conspiracy and divulging of official secret”.

Frank Mba, the police spokesman, denied being privy to the case but promised to revert back to the press today.

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