Abducted Daily Trust reporter regains freedom, narrates ordeal

Abducted Daily Trust Reporter, Musa Krishi
Abducted Daily Trust Reporter, Musa Krishi

The arrested Daily Trust reporter, Musa Krishi, has since regained freedom from the police custody.

A team of plain-clothed policemen on Tuesday had bundled Mr Krishi from his beat at the National Assembly.

The Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru was reported to be behind the arrest following an advertorial published by the newspaper on January 26.

Narrating his ordeal to  DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Krishi said: “I was at my beat in the National Assembly when I was summoned to the NASS Police office where I was informed that the Police Intelligence Unit at Area 10, Abuja needed me for some questioning.

“When we zoomed out of the national assembly, they changed their mind and headed towards Kano state.

“When we arrived Zuba, an outskirt of Abuja, they took me to a Police station and asked me to write a statement, which I did.

“Few minutes later, I heard them saying that they had received an order to return to Abuja. It was at that point they withdrew the intention to take me to Kano.

“They now opened up and told me that they only brought me for a questioning and having undergone same, I am now free. At that point, they returned my phones and my other belongings,” Mr Krishi said.

Reacting, the management of Daily Trust had expressed it shock over the incident, believing that the police in Kano state could “only do this because of undue pressures from Jigawa State Government.

“We consider this to be, not just an act of intimidation on Daily Trust journalists and newspaper, but an unwarranted assault on Journalism and the media profession.

“The advertorial in question had no criminal content; it was not in any way libellous against the governor of Jigawa State or any other political personality contained therein.”