Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:47

Nasir El-Rufai arrests another journalist

Another journalist has been arrested on the orders of Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

El’Rufai ordered the arrest of Mr. Midat Joseph, a Kaduna-based correspondent of Leadership newspapers over a publication.

He was arrested by security operatives in his house in the early hours of Thursday.

According to sources, the journalist who is now in detention in Kaduna was said to have published a report considered to be critical of the state government.

This development has brought to six, the number of journalists arrested on the orders of the state governor since his assumption of office on May 2015.

The Human writers association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned the governor's action, calling for a media blacklist: "Freedom of the press and Right to freedom of information are the kernels that sustains a democratic entity. When those who control the different layers of political power constantly abuses these powers to intimidate, harass and unduly incarcerate persons with divergent opinions that political space automatically becomes a dictatorship. Nigerians must reject this gradual evolution of dictatorship in Kaduna state ".

“We also ask President Muhammadu Buhari to call governor El-Ruffai to order and stop him from turning Kaduna into a dictatorship whereby all those who hold independent opinions are constantly harassed using the police and the safety of these persons compromised”

Last modified on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:53

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