Samuel Ogundipe, an investigative journalist with an online newspaper, Premium Times, has landed himself into trouble as the Department of State Services(DSS) launched a manhunt for him over his report concerning the misunderstanding between the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.
According to reports, the report of the journalist which exposed a memo written by Monguno accusing Kyari of undue interference on matters bordering on national security annoyed the DSS.
Following the threats issued by the operatives of the agency, the journalist has gone into hiding in self defense since the agency already laid seige to his house.
In the leaked memo obtained by the journalist, Monguno issued a warning to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Kyari.
In a post on Twitter, former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, revealed plans by the secret police to arrest the journalist with a view to forcing him to disclose his source.
Also, human rights activist and Convener, Enough Is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun in a tweet said, “We find it extremely disturbing that @NigeriaGov through the DSS is moving to arrest Samuel Ogundipe over leaked NSA’s letter on Abba Kyari.
Confirming the development, a senior member of Premium Times, Idris Akinbajo, said they were aware of the plan by the service but explained that the service had not formally invited the journalist for interrogation or questioning.
He added that Ogundipe would honour an invitation by the DSS whenever called upon to report at any of their facilities.