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Release journalist immediately, media group tells Nigerian president

04 May 2016, 18:51

New York – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of a Nigerian journalist who was arrested in the west African country's Kaduna state last week on incitement charges.

In a statement on Wednesday, CPJ said Jacob Onjewu Dickson should be released "without delay".

According to Dotunroy.com, Kaduna state authorities arrested Jacob Onjewu Dickson, an online journalist from the news website Authentic News Daily for publishing a story that allegedly had the potential to spur religious violence in the area.

In the article, Dickson quoted witnesses as saying youths had pelted Kaduna state Governor Nasiru Elrufai with rocks as he tried to broker a peace deal between residents of two neighbouring communities.

The journalist was reportedly detained after being called in for questioning by police, Elanza news.com reported. 

Dickson's arrest came amid President Muhammadu Buhari's recent claim that his country had no journalists behind bars.

"President Muhammadu Buhari should not let state officials make a mockery of his laudable commitments to press freedom, even as he utters them," said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney.

"We call on state officials to drop the charges against Jacob Onjewu Dickson and release him without delay." 

According to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dicson was expected to appear in court on May 12.

- News24


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