Abuja Police free Press TV journalists after public pressure
NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Nigerian police have released the duo of Danjuma Abdullahi and Innocent Michael who were earlier arrested on Wednesday following pressure by journalists, press organisations and human rights activists.
The duo were covering a protest organised by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) before they were arrested by policemen.
The Press TV crew were released to a journalist Mohammed Sani of Radio France International who stood in for the journalists before the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma.
“I was released to Malam Muhammad Sani of Radio France International about half an hour ago. I want to extend my profound gratitude and appreciation to my colleagues who stood by me during my arrest by the police today during the IMN protest in Abuja. My appreciation to the Commissioner of Police FCT who reviewed the matter and asked for my release”, Abdullahi said in a Facebook post after he regained freedom.
The Press TV correspondent went on to state that he was treated humanely and nota assaulted by policemen while under custody.
“I was never assaulted or maltreated by the police apart from seizing my liberty for some hours. I hope that journalists and the police will continue to explore possibilities for understanding and working together. We report, they enforce the law”, the freed Press TV correspondent said.
One other journalist who was was manhandled by the experience during the protest recounts his experience.
“This is sad. They accosted me too, seized my phone and beat up Joe that was helping me film as I was driving. I had to delete footage I had recorded before they left me alone. Guess I was lucky then….. drive home and just seeing this. Sad. They said we needed permission to film. It was crazy there…. 4 truckload of combat ready police men descending on us…. 2 innocent journos”, another journalist Abraham Achirga lamented the police harassment.