Bwala still detained despite court granting him freedom

Justice Hadiza Ali Jos of the High Court in Maiduguri has ordered the release of the Publisher of National Trail newspaper, Mr Inuwa Bwalya from detention but a senior official of the state government is frustrating his release.

Bwalya was arrested along with his driver by the police in Abuja and taken to SARS office from where Mr. Bwalya was moved along with his driver to Maiduguri.

Bwalya who is also the spokesman of factional chairman of PDP and former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has remained in detention.

His lawyers and associates got reprieve for him at the High Court of Justice Borno state where Justice Hadiza Ali Jos ruled that Bwala and Mohammed Audu should be released.

The ruling obtained Monday 30th January said “It is hereby ordered that the applicants be released from custody pending the hearing of the originating summon.”

However many observers Monday night expressed fears that a top official in the state may have stepped in to frustrate Bwalya’s release. The development was described as worrisome.

Bwalya was a former Commissioner of Information to Governor Kashim Shettima before he resigned.

Reports said he was arrested over investigations into alleged attempt on the life of incumbent deputy governor. The clash involving some thugs for which Bwala was recently arrested occurred a day before the 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria.

“The refusal to release him after the court order confirms to us that Bwalya’s arrest was politically motivated. We are also sad that his driver was also arrested and has been detained as well. This is quite unfortunate,” said one of those monitoring Bwala’s case in Maiduguri, Monday night.

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