The publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper and CEO of Rock FM 92.3 in Jalingo, Taraba State, Ayodele Samuel has been released.
Brand Spur Nigeria recalls that Ayodele Samuel has been in detention for over two weeks following a report accusing Governor, Darius Ishaku of shoddy deals in the privatisation of government properties.
Ayodele Samuel was charged to court and granted bail but the authorities allegedly refused to release him for their selfish reasons.
However, a terse statement made available to Brand Spur Nigeria states that Ayodele Samuel, publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper and CEO of Rock FM 92.3 has regained his freedom following a Federal High Court order in Jalingo on Monday, December 12, 2022.
The statement reads thus, “we delight in announcing the release of the Oloye Ayodele Samuel, publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper has been released, following a judgment in a Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State.
“Justice Usman Bala had earlier ruled that the journalist, who is also the CEO of Rock FM should be released under the same bail conditions granted by the magistrate court where the case had begun.
“Ayodele is currently receiving medical care at a health facility due to distress and trauma he had faced in the past few days.
“Despite the unfortunate experience, the publisher remains resolute and courageous to keep on carrying out his duty objectively for the furtherance of the state and the nation.
Ayodele Samuel along with his family, staff, and management of Taraba Truth and Facts also use this medium to thank all those who sympathized, advocated and contributed one way or the other to his release, and media organisations that spoke against his unlawful arrest. Thank you”.