Rights Group Condemns Detention Of Journalist By Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Mr Darius Ishaku

By NewsBits

A civil rights group, Coalition of Journalists of Conscience (CJC), has condemned the continued detention of Ayodele Samuel Oloye, a journalist and publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper by the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

At a press briefing held in Lagos, the group accused Governor Ishaku of using his office through his commissioner for justice and the police to unjustly remand Mr. Oloye, at the Taraba Police Command in spite of meeting bail conditions at the magistrate court.

The detained journalist and publisher

Speaking through general secretary Akinwale Kasali, the group called on the Nigerian police force, the commissioner of police Taraba State Command, and the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku to obey the court ruling and free Ayodele Samuel.

Ayodele Samuel, publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper and the CEO of Rock FM Jalingo was arraigned at a magistrate court in Jalingo last week on a 2-count charge of defamation and injurious falsehood.

The charges were filed against him by the Taraba State Attorney General. His prosecution is in apparent reaction to the Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper publication on September 17, 2022.

 The publication entitled, “Taraba for Sale,” alleged a possible sale of the Taraba State-owned Mambilla Beverages Company and state properties, including the liaison office in Abuja.

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