War Against Journalism: El-rufai Arrest, Arraign Kaduna journalist

War Against Journalism: El-rufai Arrest, Arraign Kaduna journalist

By Our Reporter

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-rufai has allegedly ordered the arrest and subsequently sent a Kaduna-based journalist, Mr. Jacob Onjewu Dickson to Prison Custody, on the allegation of writing a story the state Government described as inciting.


Jacob Onjewu was invited by the State Police command over a story an online news medium www.autthenticnewsdaily broke that the governor was pelted and booed in Angwan Gado a suburb of Malali axis in Kaduna North-local government area of the state where a communal clash was said to have broke out earlier in the week.

When the Leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) visit the Kaduna state police command, the commissioner of police who was absent spoke to with the NUJ chairman on phone saying, he is out of the city but that the arrest of Mr. Jacob is now beyond him as the case is now with the Justice Ministry. He however promised to do his best when he returns to office.

When the spokesman, of the governor Samuel Aruwan was contacted by the leadership of the Union, as at time of this report, he said was on his way but never show up.

The online medium was believed to be manage by Mr. Dickson, but the said story was written by one PHILIBUS DAUDA. Following the report on www.authenticnewsdaily, other conventional media reported the story.

However, Mr. Dickson was on Thursday invited by the state Police Command to write a statement and thereafter was detained in the police custody where he passed the night in a police cell at the police headquarters.

Mr. Dickson was on Friday shipped to Court, in Kaduna Magistrate Court 1 where a secret trial was conducted in the judge office and Mr. Jacob was asked to be remanded in prison custody without option of bail.

It would be recalled that, www.authenticnewsdaily reported that, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai was said to be stoned by angry youths in Ungwan Gado Community, a suburb within Kaduna metropolis, earlier this week.

The Report that led to Jacob’s arrest

“AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that the governor was there to broker peace between that community and a neighbouring community, resulting from the gruesome murder of a teenager, a day before his visit.

“The incident occurred at about 9pm, in spite of a strong presence of security operatives, deployed to the area to douse the rising tension.

“An eyewitness informed that the governor on arriving the area, was pelted, with chants of ‘ba mu so’ when translated from Hausa, means ‘we don’t want you’ chorused by the angry youths.

“It was gathered that trouble in the communities all located within Malali axis in Kaduna, broke out when youths suspected to be under the influence of drugs tabbed a teenager to death at a public gathering they all attended.

“It is still unclear if the youth that was murdered was a Muslim or Christian, but as it stands, the crisis is beginning to take a religious colouration.

“Efforts to reach el-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan and the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State, Zubairu Abubakar to respond to the development proved abortive as calls put to them were not picked. Text message sent to him on the development, was also not responded to as at the time of filing this report.

“AUTHENTIC News Daily can authoritatively report that as at the time of this report, tension is still high in the affected communities, with fears that reprisals may take place in other parts of Kaduna.

“It was observed that Hausa traders who usually thronged the Yam Market located in Sabon Tasha, a 100 per cent Christian community were completely absent from there on Tuesday night as rumours of the crisis spread throughout Kaduna City.


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