Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Chibok girls: Police withdraw case against journalist

20 June 2014, 17:32

Lafia - The Nasarawa State Police Command on Thursday withdrew a case it had instituted against a correspondent of Daily Trust Newspapers, Mr Hir Joseph.

Joseph was on May 13, arraigned in a Lafia Magistrates' Court II  for allegedly anchoring a news report where he alleged that some women police in the command participated in the #BringBackOurGirls protest.

The protest was organised by various women organisations in Lafia, the state capital, following the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls on April 14, in Chibok, Borno.

Maidawa Adam, a Superintended of Police, announced the withdrawal of the suit at the resumed hearing of the case.

Adam told the court that he had been directed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw the case.

He said that the command had realised the need to sustain the cordial working relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the media, being the fourth estate of the realm, and urged the magistrate to grant the application.

Counsel to the accused, Mohammed Danjuma, said that the withdrawal of the suit demonstrated the maturity of the police in the state.

“The withdrawal is in conformity with the provisions of the constitution for the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press,”  Danjuma said

The magistrate, Yakubu Egga, granted the application.

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dan Yakubu, who was in court, hailed the decision of the police to withdraw the case against the journalist.

He commended the commissioner of police in the state for his maturity and promised that journalists covering the state would continue to support the police through objective and balance reportage of activities of the command.

 - NAN

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...