Nigeria police arraign two more journalists over report on President Buhari’s adviser on finance and economy Sarah Alade

1,007FollowersFollow

It’s frightening to be a journalist in Nigeria these days. Across Africa’s most populous nation, where Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator and retired Major-General is in power, many journalists are being arrested and brought to court, sometimes, in handcuffs.

On Wednesday, newswire, PRNigeria, reported that two more journalists were arraigned in court by the Nigeria police force for a story published more than a year ago.

The young editor of NewsDigest, an Abuja-based online newspaper, Gidado Yushau, and award-winning campus journalist, Alfred Olufemi, were brought before a magistrate court in Ilorin metropolis.

They were arraigned over a petition from a company owned by the just appointed Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Finance and Economy, Dr. Sarah Alade.

Their arrests followed an investigative report on hemp smoking published on 19 May 2018.

The investigative report with headline “Inside Kwara factory where Indian hemp smoking is ‘legalized,” was authored by Mr. Olufemi, a student journalist from one of the premier universities in Nigeria.

According to the report, Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industry, one of the groups of companies owned by the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Sarah Alade tolerated the smoking of cigarettes, as well as Indian hemp by workers within its vicinity.

The report also stated that the industry refused to respond to Olufemi’s inquiry on the disturbing situation after he had put several calls and text messages to the industry’s hotlines.

Police operatives earlier arrested the platform’s professional webmaster, Adebowale Adekoya in Lagos and Gidado Yushau in Abuja before taking them to Ilorin for further questioning.  Olufemi Alfred voluntarily submitted himself to the police later in Ilorin.

According to the police, their arrest was based on a petition received from the company’s management, which debunked the claims in the publication.

However, on Tuesday, the two defendants (Gidado and Alfred) were charged with Criminal conspiracy and defamation against Sections 97 and 192 of the penal code.

The First Information Report (FIR) obtained by PRNigeria averred that the two defendants “criminally conspired to tarnish the name and image of Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industries”

Both Messrs Shuaib and Olufemi pleaded not guilty before a Magistrate Court in Ilorin Metropolis

Following the bail application made by the defence counsel, Barrister Usman Kola Belgore, the Chief Magistrate of the Court, Magistrate A.O Muhammed released the defendants on grounds of recognition and that they are innocent until proven otherwise.

The conditions of bail include two sureties each who are relatives of the defendants with a bail bond of two hundred thousand naira(N200,000.00)

The case was adjourned for hearing on January 13.

Earlier, Messrs Gidado Shuaib and Adekoya were detained and subsequently released by the Kwara State Police Command after they were thoroughly quizzed for publishing the investigative report.

The reporter of the story, Alfred Olufemi is a university student and an investigative journalist whose works have appeared in major news media in Nigeria.

He is a recipient of News Editor Award of the Nigerian Universities Merit Award (NUMA) 2018, Campus journalist of the year 2018 and Investigative Reporter of the Year at the 2019 Campus Journalism Award. One of his award-winning investigative reports include “Kwara communities where pregnant women abandon health centres for herbalist,” and the report on the factory belonging to Buhari’s Adviser, Sarah Alade

Today News Africa
Today News Africahttps://todaynewsafrica.com
TODAY NEWS AFRICA is registered and headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America. Our publication is widely read, respected and influential. By providing daily answers to questions our readers have about the people, the businesses and the continent of Africa, we are reaching a diverse and wide audience from around the world. Our readers, many of them world leaders, trust us because we are independent and truthful. Our advertisers understand the difference between news, views and ads. Contact us: contactus@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

U.S. calls for independent probe into massacres in Tigray region in Ethiopia

The United States government on Thursday called for an independent investigation following massacres in the Tigray region in Ethiopia.The United States said the investigation...

Trump campaign files appeal after Judge called legal claim in Pennsylvania “Frankenstein’s Monster” before dismissing it

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Sunday filed an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling that dismissed his campaign's effort to block the certification...

Biden announces foreign policy and national security team, including Blinken as Secretary of State, Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security and Kerry as envoy on climate

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced key members of his foreign policy and national security team, including Antony Blinken as Secretary of State;...

Angry South African President fully rejects US allegations against him and his Phala Phala wildlife farm over treatment of animals

In a statement on Saturday, the presidency in South Africa said allegations against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Phala Phala wildlife farm over the...

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security and foreign policy team praised as experienced and historic choices

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced key members of his national security and foreign policy team on Monday, including Antony Blinken as Secretary of State;...

After Georgia, Trump receives another blow, shattering effort to stage ‘election coup’ in Michigan

After Georgia, President Donald Trump received another blow on Friday to his effort to overturn his election loss, when Michigan Republicans said after a...

IMF chief to G20 leaders: jointly build foundations for better 21st century global economy

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Sunday urged G20 leaders to jointly build the foundations for a better 21st century global amid...

WHO warns up to 5 million people could die without 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are...

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wish nation Happy Thanksgiving in moving CNN op-ed

“Like you, our family will hold on to our most important tradition: taking a moment to count the many reasons we have to be...

WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

As the race to find a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is showing increasing promise, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds that Africa is...

Remembering soccer legend Diego Maradona

World soccer great Diego Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack, less than a month after his 60th birthday.He died at home...

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva heartbroken over passing of former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Ms. Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday expressed deep sadness over the passing of Sir James David Wolfensohn,...

Trump announces full pardon for Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he had granted full pardon to the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn."It is my Great Honor...

Biden delivers inspiring thanksgiving message to the nation, urges Americans to come together, defeat COVID-19 and dream again

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday delivered an inspiring thanksgiving message to the nation, urged Americans to come together, defeat COVID-19 and...

Atiku blasts Buhari, says attacking him won’t fix mismanagement of Nigeria

Paul Ibe, the spokesman of former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar on Thursday lambasted president Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying "Focusing on Atiku won't solve the problems Buhari, APC created for Nigeria."Ibe wrote: "The All Progressives Congress has validated the assumption that the major reason the condition of living has been deplorable under the Buhari administration is on account of...
error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Share
WhatsApp
Tweet
Pin
Share