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Faroukgate: Police to Charge Journalist for Publishing ‘Official Secret’



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*Say report stalled investigation

An editorial staff of Peoples Daily Newspaper, Lambert Tyem, would be charged to court next Monday by the police for reporting details of  a police investigation  on the $620,000 bribe allegedly given to Farouk Lawan by oil marketer, Femi Otedola.
The report, it was gathered, stalled police investigation into the matter. Two corporals alleged to be passing information to the reporter were dismissed last week by the police.
Tyem, who was Tuesday  detained for six hours by the Special Task Force Unit at the Force Headquarters  was drilled on his source of information.
The Police Special Task Force led by Commissioner of Police, Ahmadu Ali, was miffed by the accuracy of the reports which he said halted police investigations into the bribery scandal.
The investigation team demanded to know how he was accessing police records on the matter accusing him of colluding with some policemen to obtain such information.
The journalist would be charged to court  on Monday for conspiracy, hacking into police operations, divulging official secret and obtaining information through illegal means.
He was admitted to bail for N500,000.

Police spokesman, Frank Mbah, said he was not aware of the arrest but promised to get back.

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