Founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, Fisayo Soyombo is currently being detained at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja.

Mr Soyombo earlier today responded to an invitation by the police over “an investigation in which your name and phone number featured.”

According to FIJ, because Mr. Soyombo was on a trip when the invitation came to him, he did not attend to the IGP Monitoring Unit on the 29th of November as scheduled.

By the time he arrived the force headquarters, the journalist the invitation was in connection to a story exposing the award of transit police camp projects that do not exist to the tune of the contract sums.

HOMELAND NEWS however learnt from a reliable source in the Force Headquarters, that the process is on to release the journalist.

In August, FIJ had reported how, in his former role as Commissioner of Police in charge of Budget and Finance at the Force Headquarters, Joseph Egbunike, head of the police internal panel probing Abba Kyari’s indictment in a recent FBI report on fraud conspiracy, joined other police chiefs to approve more than N1billion for sham police transit camps project in Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina and Kano states.

However, FIJ’s visit to the project locations revealed that nothing or little had been done — three years later.

FIJ understands that a group of lawyers petitioned Usman Alkali, the Inspector General of Police, over the story, asking for the “prosecution” of those behind it for defamation under the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the police have yet to offer any explanations on the use to which the transit camp funds were put, and why the structures in the five states do not represent anything close to the huge sums of money awarded for them.


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