Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-rufai has ordered the arrest and subsequently sent a Kaduna-based journalist, Mr. Jacob Onjewu Dickson to prison custody, on the allegation of writing a story the state Government described as inciting.
Jacob Onjewu was invited by the State Police Command over a story an online news medium www.autthenticnewsdaily broke that the governor was pelted and booed in Angwan Gado, a suburb of Malali axis in Kaduna North-local government area of the state where a communal clash was said to have broke out earlier in the week.
The online medium was believed to be manage by Mr. Dickson, but the said story was written by Philibus Dauda. Following the report on www.authenticnewsdaily, other conventional media reported the story.
However, Mr. Dickson was on Thursday invited by the state Police Command to write a statement and thereafter was detained in the police custody where he passed the night in a police cell at the police headquarters.
Mr. Dickson was on Friday arraigned in court, in Kaduna Magistrate Court 1 where a secret trial was conducted in the judge’s office and Mr. Jacob was asked to be remanded in prison custody without option of bail.
Efforts to reach el-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan and the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State, Zubairu Abubakar to respond to the development proved abortive, as calls put to them were not picked.