By Abdulmumin Giwa
The journalist arrested last night in Katsina by the police, Muhammad Danjuma has just been released following persistent pressure by Journalists especially the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
He was arrested to appease a politician, Mansur Ali Mashi the winner of the recent House of Assembly bye-election who claimed that he had been portrayed in bad light on the social media by Danjuma.
Since his detention, journalists from all parts of the country mounted persistent pressure on the police calling for his immediate and unconditional release which the police succumbed to following a renewed activity by the NGE.
Earlier the State Police Commissioner, Usman Abdullahi confirmed to journalists that Danjuma was only there for interrogation and not on detention and that he was being kept there to pacify the politician who complained on him.
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.