Re­lease our reporter, Me­dia Trust tells Niger Re­pub­lic

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

The man­age­ment of Me­dia Trust Lim­ited (MTL) has called on the Nige­rien author­i­ties in the town of Agadez to re­lease Lawan Dan­juma, the deputy editor of Daily Trust on Sun­day who was ar­rested in Agadez on Satur­day.

In a state­ment is­sued by the Editor-in-Chief of Me­dia Trust, Man­nir Dan-Ali, the com­pany said it ex­pected noth­ing short of the im­me­di­ate re­lease of the reporter.

Dan­juma went to the town which sits on the edge of the Sa­hara desert to in­ves­ti­gate how it serves as a stag­ing post for thou­sands of youths from Nige­ria and many other West African coun­tries who make the per­ilous jour­ney across the desert into Libya in their quest to go to Europe via the Mediter­ranean Sea.

“As an ex­pe­ri­enced cross bor­der reporter, Lawan Dan­juma sought and got the rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion from the Kano Con­sulate of­fice of the Nige­rien em­bassy af­ter stat­ing his mis­sion to Agadez. It was the same doc­u­men­ta­tion that he used at dif­fer­ent check points in­clud­ing the Nige­ria/Niger bor­der post at Kon­golom, Katsina State and was only stopped and ar­rested on reach­ing Agadez.

“We see the ar­rest as an in­fringe­ment of his right as an ECOWAS cit­i­zen and have since reached the Nige­rien author­i­ties to ask for the re­lease of the reporter. We are shocked that more than 24 hours af­ter the ar­rest he still is be­ing held and his free­dom is be­ing cur­tailed,” the state­ment said.

Lawan Dan­juma

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