Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) said it has postponed the presentation of award to the Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
That was contained in a statement by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre, Motunrayo Alaska, on Monday, December 9.
The Herald gathered that Alaska said the decision was reached following the rearrest of Omoleye Sowore, Publisher of SaharaReporters, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He said: “The postponement was decided on, to align with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times especially the incident between the Department of State Security (DSS) and Omoleye Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, on Friday 6 December. The Vice President himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.”
Earlier, the body announced that it would present an ‘Integrity speciality of the anti-corruption defender award’ to the vice-president for his “invaluable work of overhauling the Lagos State Judiciary, facilitating far-reaching reforms in the administration of justice in the state, his work of promoting integrity in the civil society and business in Nigeria and his consistency as a strong voice for promoting integrity in the country.”