Nigerian journalist arrested, detained

Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: BBC]
Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: BBC]

The Kaduna State correspondent of the Leadership Newspapers, Midat Joseph, has been arrested by the police.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that he was taken away in the early hours of Wednesday from his house in Kaduna and was first detained at the Metro Police Station before he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, on Thursday.

Unconfirmed report says Mr. Joseph has been moved to Abuja.

The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the arrest when contacted by this newspaper but refused to give further details.

He said the journalist was being investigated.

Mr. Joseph, who is also the Chairman of Correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Kaduna council, was arrested for an alleged offence not related to his reportorial job.

A source told PREMIUM TIMES that the journalist and some others were allegedly discussing issues relating to the funding of arms import for the defence of the people of Southern Kaduna but unknown to them they were being recorded.

The police reportedly considered their action “inciting.”

“What he did does not relate to him as a journalist. He was arrested over a very serious issue with evidences gathered,” the source said.

Efforts by members of the state council of NUJ to secure Mr. Joseph’s bail were unsuccessful.

The journalist’s arrest occurs about two months after another journalist was arrested for work related matters.

Two months ago, Luka Binniyat, a Vanguard newspaper Kaduna correspondent, was arraigned before a magistrate court in Kaduna on allegation of falsifying a news report about the Southern Kaduna crisis.

He was accused of falsely claiming that five students of a college of education were killed by Fulani herdsmen.

The report was published on January 24.

Mr. Binniyat, who was invited for questioning by the State Security Service, SSS, Kaduna Command, drove himself to the SSS office at about 10 a.m. on a Monday, and after interrogation was handed over to the police who later charged him to court.

The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, granted Mr. Binniyat bail on a N200,000 bond, and a surety in like sum.

He said the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and possess landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, covered with a Certificate of Occupancy.

Recent findings indicate that Mr. Binniyat has been asked to proceed on compulsory leave while a new reporter has been deployed to take over from him.


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  • amazing2012

    good work, prosecute all of them.

    • durotimi oye

      How can you be celebrating the persecution of a journalist? What kind of of human being are you?I don’t blame you ,you are a product of the Nigerian educational system.

      • amazing2012

        I celebrate persecution of fake journalism, hate journalism, unbalance and biased journalism.

        • durotimi oye

          You just don’t get it I will not waste my time with you because you just don’t get.

          • amazing2012

            You that get it tell us what you mean by “persecution of journalists”. I am sure, to you: journalists are sacred cows that never commits sin or crime. Explain to us what you mean. Most of Nigeria journalists were effected with tribal or religious sentiments. This made their report one sided and aimed at creating tension and hate in our societies.

  • truth

    Mr premiumtimes reporter, go and learn journalism and stop this akara joint false reporting that is clearly fraught with malice and falsehood.

  • Jeremiah Sunday

    Fulani’s are moving; well-armed and killing people. NONE is in custody. Rather, those that discussing about arms to defend the Southern Kaduna people are the one’s INCITING? INCITING WHAT? Why are not DISARMING the Fulani? Because the Governor said they are his brothers?