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CITAD calls for immediate release of detained journalist in Kano

The Center for Information Technology and Development CITAD, has called for the immediate release of detained Adamawa based journalist, Ya’u Saeed.

Citad Digital Rights Program officer, Malam Ali Sabo made the call during a media parley held in Kano.

Malam Sabo drew the attention of the security agencies to the continued arbitrary arrest and detention of Saeed and other citizens despite exercising their fundamental human rights as enshrined by the Nigerian constitution.

The digital rights program officer maintained that more cases of unlawful arrest have continued to grow, with the recent arrest and detention, of a freelance journalist and founder of an online television based in Adamawa state.

“The collusion between security agencies and politicians to harass and intimidate citizens against freely expressing their opinions is a serious attack to our democracy”. He noted.

Malam Ali said, in the months of November and December 2022, the center organized press conferences, to draw the attention of the Nigerian government, about the negative implications of arbitrary arrest, and unlawful detention of citizens, to the country’s image and democracy.

“It is a well known fact that criticism is part and parcel of any democracy and it is one of the cardinal pillars through which democracy is being built”.

The digital rights program officer said arresting, detaining and torturing journalists for exposing the truth, would trample the foundation of Nigeria’s democratic setting and called on security agencies to respect digital rights of citizens as they are logical and legitimate extension of fundamental human rights as enshrined by the 1999 constitution.

Malam Ali Sabo appealed to the federal government, to assent to the digital rights and freedom bill to move the country forward.

Reporting by Khadijah Aliyu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto