Katsina-based Nigerian Journalist Arrested, Released As NGE Mounts Pressure

A Nigerian journalist based in Katsina,  northern Nigeria, Mr Danjuma Katsina  was on Saturday night arrested by operatives  of Nigeria Police Force.

The journalist popularly called Danjuma  was reportedly  picked up over  his yet to be identified  post on a facebook page popularly known as Katsina City C News.

The police did not issue a statement on the journalist’s arrest. But a top  ranking police official  told an official of the  Nigerian Guild Of Editors,NGE that  Danjuma was arrested following a petition by a member of Katsina State House of Assembly.

According to the police topgun, the journalist  was picked up over complaints  by a lawmaker alleging  an injurious publication.

Despite the pressure on the police by a top NGE official , the journalist was kept in detention overnight.

Fresh reports midday  Sunday however said  the persistent NGE  pressure had yielded some fruits as Danjuma  regained his freedom from police cell.

He is expected to report to the police on Monday  along with  the lawmaker, NGE official who mounted pressure for  the journalist’s  release disclosed Sunday.

The latest move by the NGE appears to be an indication of a fresh wave of activism by the officials in the face of growing dangers faced by journalists in northern Nigeria and the country as a whole.

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