The police in Abuja have released the two PREMIUM TIMES journalists that were arrested on Thursday afternoon, for alleged defamation.
Dapo Olorun-yomi, publisher of the newspaper, was arrested alongside the judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu, at around 5:00 p.m local time.
They were released on bail and instructed to report at the FCT Police Command Headquarters by 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.
But a highly-placed police source said the invitation could be a ploy to detain the journalists for an extended period.
The development has sparked widespread condemnation, with the Amnesty International promising to launch an investigation into the motive behind it.