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Police arrest Daily Trust NASS reporter

By Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA-THE Daily Trust correspondent covering the House of Representatives Mr Musa Abdullahikrishi was whisked away on Tuesday by men of the Police Force.

This is coming barely four days after Matthew Ezimakor of Independent newspaper was released by the Department of State Security, DSS.

Inspector General of Police, Ibrohim Idris 

The police had invited Mr Abdullahikrishi from the press centre to the Presidential Gate police post where he was asked to follow one Superintendent Bello Oro from Area 10 Office of the Police command. ational Assembly Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Dele Olaoye had sent for the journalist requesting his attention in his office.

On getting there, Olaoye stated that men from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) had brought a complaint against the journalists.

Leader of the team, SP Oroh disclosed that the complaint against the journalists came from Zone A headquarters in Kano, adding that they would first begin their investigation from the Force CID at Garki Area 10, Abuja and the Force HQ, and if necessary, take him to Kano.

And when journalists besieged the office of the Divisional Police Office, the DPO, Mr. Zulu Gambari confirmed the presence of the detectives from Zone A.

Gambari said when the men came, he took them to the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Omolori who was briefed of the journalist’s offence.

It was later gathered that the arrest was in connection with an alleged defamatory publication by his medium, Daily Trust‎ against the Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru.

Putting a call across to one of the men who took Mr. Krishi away, the NASS DPO was told that the men who claimed they were taking him to ‎Area 10 were on their way to Kano.

Krishi’s ordeal came as a result of an advertorial published in his medium at the instance of a group who claimed link with the Jigawa state governor in solidarity with former President Olusegun Obasanjo when the latter wrote President Buhari asking him to forget about seeking relection in 2019.

The Jigawa state government was said to have denied any connection with the group and had demanded for a retraction of the publication.

Attempts by journalists to get clarifications on the issue was rebuffed as he was forced into a Hilux pick up with Abuja registration No RSH850AH.


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