Kaduna Gov, Nasir El-Rufai, arrests sixth journalist
*Details Leadership newspaper City Editor
*NUJ yet to respond to latest despot in Nigeria
Reports just reaching www.gongnews.net has it that the despotic Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the arrest of the sixth journalist since his election. His latest victim is Mr. Midat Joseph, the Kaduna City Editor of Leadership newspapers.
He was reportedly arrested by security operatives in his house at the early hours of Thursday. As at the time of going to press, he is yet to be released.
According to sources, the journalist who is now in detention in Kaduna was said to have published a report considered critical of the state government.
This development has brought to six, the number of journalists arrested on the orders of the state governor since his assumption of office on May 2015.
However, calls put across to El’Rufai’s Chief Press Secretary for confirmation did not yield any results as all his known lines were switched off.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at any level is yet to respond to this growing lack of respect to the Fourth Estate by an elected governor.
Nigerian leaders are not known to take negative reports which exposes things they don’t want to be published. Since the return to democracy in 1999, Nasir El-Rufai has proven to be the most unfriendly governor to media reports. Rather than sue the journalist and his media organisation, he has been enjoying abusing his office to order and detain journalists especially those working in his state.
Former Bayelsa state governor, Timipre Sylva, was the worst governor in this shoe before the coming of Nasir El-Rufai. He ordered the police to travel all the way from Yenagoa to arrest Akin Orimolade, in Abuja over a report which badly exposed him beyond his wits.
Democrats who are elected into office must appreciate that the Fourth Estate must enjoy her Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to do their jobs. When not satisfied, they must appreciate the due processes of the law to be followed not harassing, arresting, beating or detaining journalists will help their misgovernance which the journalists most of the time exposes.