Nigerian Journalists arrested by SSS yet to be released, whereabouts unknown

Marilyn Ogar, SSS spokesperson
Marilyn Ogar, SSS spokesperson

Men believed to be SSS officials arrested the Nigerian journalists on Monday.

The whereabouts of the two journalists arrested by operatives of the State Security Services, SSS, in Kaduna remains unknown after over 24 hours of their arrest in a gestapo style on Monday.

The two Journalists, Aliyu Saleh and Awwal Musa, who work with Al-Mizan newspaper Kaduna, were abducted from their homes around 4 a.m. on Monday in Rigasa area of Kaduna.

The Editor in Chief of the paper, Mallam Ibrahim, had told PREMIUM TIMES over the phone on Monday that the two journalists may have been arrested by the SSS in connection with a story ran by the paper last week in which it accused the Joint Task Force in Potiskum, Yobe State of abducting about 84 youth in the town. The whereabouts of the youth is still unknown.

Meanwhile, checks by PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday, indicated that security operatives also raided the house of the Editor-in-Chief on Monday afternoon. Mr. Ibrahim was lucky not to be in the house when the raid was done.

One of the editors of Al-Mizan said the operatives left a message for the Mr. Ibrahim through his wife that they will “continue to haunt him till eternity”.

The editor also said that all efforts to trace their colleagues and find out the reason for their arrest have been futile.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, have been unsuccessful as her telephone line cannot be reached. The secret service is yet to state the reason behind the arrest of the journalists.

The Kaduna police have, however, said they are not responsible for the arrest of the journalists.