Police Arrest Journalist in Katsina to Pacify Politician

Danjuma Katsina
Abdulmumin Giwa
A renowned journalist and former Vice Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Katsina Muhammad Danjuma has been arrested and detained by the police in Katsina to pacify the winner of the recently conducted bye-elections of the House of Assembly in the state Mansur Ali Mashi.
He was invited by the police last night for questioning over comments he was accused of making on the conduct of the elections which raised doubts about its fairness.
NUJ leaders in the state have contacted the Commissioner of Police in the state Mr. Usman Abdullahi and he confirmed that Danjuma was arrested following a petition by the politician where he assured that he was invited to answer some questions and to also pacify the politician.
Although the NUJ leaders insisted that he be released immediately the CP pleaded that it was late and that he would need to be interrogated the next morning.
Danjuma identified some lapses that include cover ups by the party to ensure the APC candidate wins by all means in order not to embarrass the constituency of the President. It was also clear that not much of campaign was embarked upon by the APC as was done by the opposition. There were no posters and billboards of the candidate because he was to win at all cost.
More so, Danjuma was said to have queried how a person indicted of corruption could be allowed to contest elections by the party.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to enforce his fundamental rights and freedom of speech by the NUJ as more journalists speak against impunity by those in power.

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