Police detain Nigerian journalist over Facebook post

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]
Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

The Police in Katsina State have detained a journalist in the state, Danjuma Katsina, over alleged “injurious comments” on a newly elected member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives from the state, Mansur Mashi.

A colleague of the journalist, Zaharadeen Umar, said Mr. Katsina was invited to the state’s Police Command around 8 p.m. on Saturday to explain himself over a complaint filed by the lawmaker.

However, the police detained the journalist after taking his statement.

Mr. Katsina had posted a comment on Facebook in which he analysed the outcome of the Mashi/Dutsi bye-election conducted in May, wondering why Mr. Mashi was allowed to contest the polls despite facing court action on alleged corruption.

The journalist was detained overnight despite efforts by the Katsina state branch of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and officials of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE, to secure his release.

There have been increasing cases of arrests and harassment of journalists and bloggers in Nigeria, often on the orders of politicians.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported many cases of harassment of journalists and blogger, this year alone. Last month, a reporter in Kaduna state was brutalised and arrested at his point of duty.

In September, a blogger was detained for 22 days for criticising the Bauchi State governor.

The Katsina Police spokesperson, Gambo Isah, said he was unaware of the journalist’s arrest but promised to find out and get back. However, he neither got back nor picked subsequent follow-up calls put through by this reporter.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Nigerian Journalists are reaping what they sowed. This administration will teach them the lesson of INTOLERANCE which they took for granted under GEJ.

    • Mufu Ola

      Jonathan seized lots of newspapers during his inglorious reign & settled those media houses with public funds.GEJ will roast in hell d manner he handled public money.

      • Sir Louis


      • Frank Bassey

        Your man is already roasting in hell from here. Can’t you see it? Worse heat is awaiting him there where he will soon pass on to. He has gagged the media, persecuted Journalists; gagged critics; dealt with opposition; and ceded 80 per cent of federal appointments to his people. That is looting. Or are they going to be paid from sales of tomatoes and onions? Your people use “looting” to deceive Nigerians, and empty skulls like you buy into it easily. Where is the report on Babachir Lawal’s grass cutting? Why is it not being mentioned by you desert insects? Very soon, the table will turn. All those clandestine appointments made by Mbuhari, will be reversed. You cannot be inflicting pains of injustice and unfairness on the people, using indiscriminate and skewed appointments to siphon public funds to your place, and still shouting LOOTING. You send your herdsmen to ransack and kill people, and you keep quiet. NEMESIS is already dealing with you people. You are already shivering over the call for restructuring. Restructuring MUST happen. Compare Nigeria under Jonathan and Nigeria of today. Evil can never change its nature.

  • callistus u owuamanam

    Instead, they would do without fear or favour journalism, they were changing pampas for politicians.