Nige­rien author­i­ties re­lease Daily Trust jour­nal­ist

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The deputy editor of Daily Trust on Sun­day, Lawan Dan­juma Adamu who was de­tained in Agadez, Niger Re­pub­lic has been re­leased.

Adamu was de­tained on Satur­day while on his way to do an in­ves­tiga­tive story on the route used by Nige­ri­ans and many West African coun­tries to mi­grate to Europe through the Mediter­ranean Sea.

In an in­ter­view, Adamu said he was handed over to Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials at Kon­golom, a bor­der town be­tween Nige­ria and Niger Re­pub­lic in Katsina State around 6 p.m. yes­ter­day.

The re­lease of Adamu may not be un­con­nected with pres­sure from the man­age­ment of Me­dia Trust Ltd, the Nige­rian Guilds of Editor (NGE) and other pres­sure groups.

“I was ac­cused of not tutoring the Nige­rien of­fi­cials at the Kano con­sulate on how to do their jobs. They said the Kano Con­sulate of­fi­cials that is­sued me en­try per­mit were sup­posed to con­tact the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and other of­fi­cials. Is it my job to do that?

“At first they said they will hand me over to our Am­bas­sador in Ni­amey but I think be­cause of pres­sure, they handed me over to our Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials at the bor­der town. I got all nec­es­sary doc­u­ments and clear­ance be­fore em­bark­ing on the trip,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the Nige­rien author­i­ties de­lib­er­ately frus­trated his trip.

“They de­tained me be­cause they don’t want the mi­grants’ story re­ported. Peo­ple are pass­ing through Agadez, a desert town and the Nige­rien are mak­ing for­tunes from it,” he said.

Lawan Dan­juma Adamu

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