Press Release-IPC Condemns Attack on Bayelsa Blogger


The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria condemns the recent attack on Saint Mienpamo who was physically assaulted and abducted by suspected militants in Bayelsa on May 29, 2018.

According to Sahara Reporters Saint Mienpamo a blogger and former Senior Special Assistant to Bayelsa State Government was physically assaulted and abducted by suspected militants accompanied by police officers at about 6:30am in his residence over an alleged illegal post on Facebook.

Mr. Mienpamo said he was stripped and beaten up while the suspected militants took pictures of his nudity.

The Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a statement described the incident as an unwelcome assault as the blogger in question was assaulted and abducted because of a mere allegation.

“The rights of Journalists and Bloggers should be respected online and offline; Police authorities should seek redress legally and not take laws into their hands whenever they have issues with reports,” Mr. Arogundade added.

The Director calls on the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police to probe the incident and take the necessary actions.


Melody Akinjiyan

Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer IPC





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