Journalist arrested in Kaduna while covering Shiite/community clash released on bail

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 24 June 2017 | 1,125 times

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•International journalist Ibrahima Yakubu.

Kaduna-based international journalist Ibrahima Yakubu, who was arrested by the police on Friday in Kaduna while covering the civil clash between the Shiite sect and Kasuwan Barci community, has been released after being grilled for seven hours.

Yakubu, who reports for the Hausa Service of Deutsche Welle, DW radio, Germany, told our reporter on phone last night: “I have just been released on bail to some officials of the Kaduna Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists around 7:30pm after being arrested at the clash Shiite/mob scene and detained since 1:30pm at CID.

“I am on my way home now to break my fast after grilling me to confirm whether I am a member of the Shiite sect.

“They (Police) asked me to return to the CID where I was detained on Wednesday for further questioning.”

Mr. Yakubu said he had presented himself to the police to identify himself at the scene of the incident because he had misplaced his identity card. “Only to end up being arrested and whisked to police Head Quarters before being transferred to CID,” he had told our reporter earlier while in detention.

The Shiite sect had confirmed two children injured while the army said 10 were arrested during the clash that occurred around 1pm when the Shiite sect resisted mob action to disperse the group during the annual procession along Kasunwan Barci round about, Tudun Wada.

Source: News Express

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