Police Arrest, Detain Zaria NAN Correspondent While On Duty

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

The Sabon Gari Divisional Police has arrested and detained Malam Mustapha Yauri, Zaria District Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) for several hours.

Malam Yauri was arrested by Police while snapping a picture of a trailer that blocked the Samaru- Zaria Fly-over road in a protest over a rift between the KASTLEA and trailer drivers on Tuesday afternoon.

 Narrating his ordeal to journalists, Mustapha Yauri said after I  conducted  interviews with some eye witness on the crisis between KASTLEA and drivers, I then proceeded to the main scene where the trailers blocked the road to snap pictures 

“A police officer in mufti attempted to seize my phone where I declined, I then went further to show him my Identity card where the ID card was immediately seized by the police.

“Thereafter the officer insisted that I must surrender my phone to him, I then  said I don’t know you  i can’t give you my phone”.

“The police officer whom later I learnt that is the Divisional Crime Officer then called some armed policemen and told them to take me to police station to detain me and bring my phone back to him”.

Immediately the three armed police officers acted swiftly where they jerked my trousers and pushed me into their waiting vehicle.

“On our way to the station in the police Hilux van, the armed police men forcefully collected my mobile phone and dropped me at Sabon Gari Divisional Police Office at the Area Command Headquarters at PZ Zaria. 

“While at police detention I begged one of the police officers for a mobile phone to reach my Zonal Manager and other colleagues who make efforts to reach higher authorities for my release.   

“I was detained at the police station for many hours before the DPO, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi came into the office and called me for a meeting in his office where he apologized for what happened to me,’’ Yauri said.

The reporter was subsequently released from detention and his mobile phone, NUJ and NAN staff Identity cards earlier seized were also returned to him. 

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