25 December 2012

Nigeria: Soldiers Whisk Away Al-Mizan Editor, Reporter

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Nigerian Army

Kaduna — Soldiers numbering about 20 at the early hours of yesterday whisked away Malam Musa Muhammed Awwal and Malam Aliyu Saleh, news editor and a reporter of Al-Mizan, a Kaduna based Hausa newspaper. They were arrested at their respective houses.

Speaking to newsmen, wife of the newseditor editor Hajiya Hannatu said her husband was arrested around 4 am after the security operatives beat her.

"The soldiers came around 4 am carrying guns. They knocked at our door and asked us to open. They threatened to open fire on us should we fail to open. When I opened it, they slapped me and asked me the whereabouts of my husband. Before I could talk, they pushed me into our bedroom," she said.

She said the soldiers after ransacking their house, went away with her husband. "They did not tell me where they were from and they did not tell me where they were taking him to. They beat him up before he was taking away. The soldiers came in many tinted jeeps," she said. The soldiers also went away with his lap top and handsets, she said.

Chairman of the Kaduna branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Yusuf Idris condemned the arrest, describing it as "unfortunate."

Al-Mizan editor-in-chief Malam Ibrahim Musa demanded the immediate release of his two staff, saying their arrest their arrest violated due process and human rights.

Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Colonel Sani K. Usman, said he was not aware of their arrests.

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