Ad­vert pub­li­ca­tion: Po­lice ar­rest Daily Trust re­porter at N’assem­bly

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - John Ameh, Abuja

THE Po­lice on Tues­day ar­rested a Daily Trust re­porter, Mr. Musa Kr­ishi.

Kr­ishi, who is the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives cor­re­spon­dent of the news­pa­per, was held for close two hours at the Force Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment in Abuja be­fore he was later re­leased.

The ar­rest was linked to an al­leged defam­a­tory pub­li­ca­tion against the Gover­nor of Ji­gawa State, Mr. Abubakar Badaru, pub­lished in the Daily Trust.

Kr­ishi fa­cil­i­tated the ad­vert for his news­pa­per.

A Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Mr. Bello Oroh, led a team to the Na­tional Assem­bly around 11.30am to forcibly take Kr­ishi away in a po­lice van.

Oroh merely stated that there was a com­plaint lodged against Kr­ishi at the Zone A Head­quar­ters in Kano, Kano State.

How­ever, he was taken to the Force CID in Garki, Area 10 in Abuja, where he was re­port­edly ques­tioned.

Kr­ishi later re­turned to work at the Na­tional Assem­bly where he con­firmed to col­leagues that “ev­ery­thing has been re­solved.”

Mean­while, the man­age­ment of Daily Trust, in a state­ment, later gave de­tails of the de­vel­op­ments that led to Kr­ishi’s ar­rest .

The state­ment signed by the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer/ed­i­torin-chief, Mr. Man­nir Dan-ali, partly read, “At about 11.30am on Tues­day, March 13, 2018, our re­porter at­tached to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi, was ab­ducted by po­lice­men who claimed to have come from Zone One Com­mand Po­lice Head­quar­ters in Kano.

“He was hauled into a Hilux Van with Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber ABJ RSH 850 AH from the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fice at the Na­tional Assem­bly by a team of six plain cloth po­lice­men who claimed to be tak­ing him to Kano for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“Though the full ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion they claimed to be car­ry­ing out has not been made known to the man­age­ment of Daily Trust, the ab­duc­tion of Kr­ishi is the height of in­tim­i­da­tion vis­ited upon this com­pany since Jan­uary 26, 2018 fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a paid ad­ver­tise­ment which the gover­nor of Ji­gawa State had taken ex­cep­tion to.

“…We, there­fore, call for the im­me­di­ate re­lease of our re­porter, Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kir­shi, and de­mand an un­re­served apol­ogy from the Kano State Com­mand of the Nige­ria po­lice. We ap­peal to the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice and Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to cau­tion the po­lice in Kano and in­struct them to take our re­porter back to his duty post at the Na­tional Assem­bly.”

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