Police Apologise For Maltreating Journalist

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The Police in Kaduna have apologised to Ibraheema Yakubu, a journalist brutalised by police officers during a clash between Shiites and members of a Kaduna community.

Yakubu, who reports for the Hausa service of the German Deutsche Welle, DW radio, had said policemen beat and slapped him on Thursday while covering a Shiite procession in Kaduna on Friday. He also said he was detained afterward.

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Yakubu was released on bail to officials of the Kaduna council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, six hours after his arrest by the police.

He returned to the police station on Wednesday as directed.

On Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, made a verbal apology on behalf of the command to Yakubu.

The police chief said, in his office, that his command will also consider replacing the journalist’s damaged equipment.

Yakubu met the police chief in company of other journalists.

“They have also confirmed that I am not a Shiite member as they alleged. I am just a journalist carrying out my constitutional responsibility,” Mr. Yakubu said.

Source: Premium Times

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