Police arrest Press TV journalists in Abuja for covering Shiite protest
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Policemen on Wednesday arrested a journalist working with Press TV, Danjuma Abdullahi and his cameraman Innocent Michael for covering the Shiite protest in Abuja.
“This is to notify you that our colleague Danjuma Abdullahi has been arrested by the police when covering the IMN protest just now at the Federal Scretariat Abuja”, Uwais Idris who is a fellow journalists announced.
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites were protesting on the streets of Abuja to mark one year after which some of their members were killed in a clash with policemen.
“Today 22 July makes it exactly 1 year that Nigerian Police Killed our Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Brothers in Secretariat in Abuja during a peaceful demonstration. Today we will come out to the Secretariat to Protest the wicked killings by the Nigeria Police by 12:00pm”, a press invite sent out to journalists by an IMN Spokesman, Yahaya Mahmoud to cover the event said.
The detained journalist and his cameraman were said to have been conveyed from the Federal Scretariat to the State CID office in Abuja.
“They are moving them from the Secretariat police post to state CID now. We have contacted the FCT CP he said we wasn’t aware of the arrest but one of us should come and receive Danjuma and Michael, Sani is on his way to the command now”, Idris told NEWSMAN.
Idris said “we have contacted the FCT CP he said we wasn’t aware of the arrest but one of us should come and receive Danjuma and Michael, Sani is on his way to the command now”. Many journalists are currently mounting pressure for Abdullahi and Michael’s release by the police since they were not accused of any offence.
One journalist, John Okunyomih also confirmed the arrest of the Press TV crew to The NEWSMAN.
“Very sad! I just spoke with Alhaji Danjuma Abdullahi. He told me he was arrested along with his Camera man. They’re moving him to the Fct CID”, Okunyomih who is an associate of the detained journalist said.
More details later.