Gombe State Police Command has arrested a journalist working with Radio Nigeria and one, Sheikh Ahmad mandy Abubakar, the Imam of one of the Mosques in Gombe after a political discussion program they held a few days ago.
A journalist named Yakubu Halliru Jeka Dafari, who is up and running with the Federal Government-owned radio station Jewel FM in Gombe, was invited for questioning by the police and later detained and was charged with hosting a political program Harshen ka Alkalinka with the said Sheikh Ahmad Mandy Abubakar.
The Imam during the interview accused the state government of spending about four billion naira on the ongoing reconstruction of the state government house fencing where he suggested that instead of spending such huge amounts on that project, the money should be channeled towards providing job opportunities for the teeming youth to become self-reliant.
Reports have indicated that the Imam was a die-hard supporter and an active member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) before he later joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
Commenting on the issue, Abdulaziz Ibrahim Hassan is a young journalist and public affairs commentator in Gombe state strongly condemned the unfitting decision of the state government and expressed his displeasure, describing it as inappropriate in a democratic government where everyone has the right to express or defend theirselve from accusations by providing convincing facts and evidence.
He said the act by the government is a violation of the citizen’s freedom of expression.
Ibrahim Hassan urged the Nigerian Union Of Journalists (NUJ) and Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), to investigate the matter and protect the reputation of their job and media workers, especially at this time when elections are getting closer.
As of the time of filing this report, the two affected citizens of Gombe state are under the custody of the security operatives and all efforts to hear from the state Chairman Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), Comr. Abdulmumini Abubakar was proved unsuccessful but still anticipating his response on the matter.