Comrade Umar Maradun who is one of the correspondents of the Leadership Newspaper in Zamfara State, who had been arrested by the police at his Maradun country home has finally been released on bail after a lot of backlash from the public.
Africa Daily News, New York had also reported that both the leaderships of the Zamfara State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Union had also requested for his bail but the police refused due to reasons best known to them.
Comrade Maradun had been arrested in the early hours of Saturday, 23rd July, 2022, at his hometown, Maradun by a team of policemen from the department of Criminal Investigation (CID) before he was brought to the State Police Command in Gusau, the State capital.
The details of his bail condition were still not known to members of the NUJ.
However, it was also gathered that some prominent officials within the State government circle plotted his arrest based on personal issues. It was also learnt that the reporter had been arrested after a publication of his controversial write-up captioned: “The hurdles before Zamfara APC”.
In another report, the aftermath of the recent assault on a News reporter by Policemen has had the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA blasting the police occasion while describing as an act of aggressive and misplaced terrorism, the shooting of The Nation’s correspondent by operatives of the Nigeria Police in Osun State.
The group condemned the shooting which happened on Tuesday when the Nation’s correspondent, Toba Adedeji was covering students’ protest at Orita Olaiya.
HURIWA said it is regrettable that the Nigeria Police force has not learnt any positive lessons from the nationwide protests last year in which millions of Nigerians demonstrated against its brutality, aggression and gross human rights violations.
HURIWA lamented that due to the ineffective leadership of the Police Service Commission, PSC, there is a steady spike in cases of professional misconduct, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to reorganise the hierarchy of the PSC given that the current leadership has become lethargic and unproductive.