Two journalists with Almizan, a news bulletin established in 1991 and published in the Hausa language spoken throughout Nigeria’s north, have been abducted by Nigeria’s secret police – the state security service (SSS).
The editor of Almizan, Musa Muhammad Awwal, and reporter Aliyu Saleh, along with their wives and Saleh’s son, were swooped upon in pre-dawn raids on Monday after writing a report of alleged abuses by troops battling Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
The arrests occurred in the northern city of Kaduna, where the regional newspaper has an office.
Their wives and the son were released later Monday.
We gathered that during the raid, SSS officials took away laptops and mobile phones from the journalists’ homes.
Wife of the Editor, Mrs Hannatu Awwal, while receiving journalists who paid her a solidarity visit at their home in Rigassa quarters, Kaduna, said that her husband’s abductors numbering about 20, stormed their home around 4am, Monday, in jeeps with tinted glasses, wearing military fatigue with the insignia of US and ordered everyone to lie on the floor after which her husband was severely beaten before they were whisked away.
Efforts to reach the SSS Assistant Director of Public Relations, Marylyn Ogar was unsuccessful.