Katsina Hisbah arrests Trust TV reporter over social media post

The Katsina State Hisbah Board has arrested a journalist working the Trust TV, Jamil Mabai.

Mr Mabai was reportedly arrested after he put up a social media post to criticise the alleged human rights violations against youths by the moral police.

The journalist’s arrest was disclosed by an an X user with the handle Edrees4P.

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He wrote: “Hisbah in Katsina arrested a journalist, @jaymb000, over his post on Facebook criticising their unjust detainment and human rights violations against youth in the state.

“Jamilu is a reporter for Trust TV in Katsina. Remember, journalism is not a crime.”

Confirming his arrest via X on Wednesday morning, Mr Mabai said he visited the Hisbah office to have an interview with the Public Relations Officer, PRO, but was detained.

He said he was released after spending an hour in detention.

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Mr Mabai said: “How I was detained by Katsina Hisbah officials when I visited their office to conduct a follow up interview with the PRO.

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“Hisbah, has banned the activities of DJs at events in Katsina. Last week Friday, Mallam Gambo, a resident of Katsina died from a gunshot wound sustained while Hisbah officials were trying to shut down a wedding with a DJ.

“The shots were fired by an operative of the Community Watch Corps tasked with defending communities against bandits.

“Following this incident, I contacted the Katsina Hisbah Public Relations Officer (PRO) to request a follow-up interview regarding Mallam Gambo’s death. Upon my arrival at the Hisbah office, I couldn’t find the PRO. Unknown to me, it was a setup.

“Hisbah officers approached me, claiming they were instructed to detain me. Despite explaining that I was a journalist there for an interview, they insisted and confiscated my phone before holding me in a cell.

“Later, I was brought before the commandant’s office. He threatened me, he said “I am fighting with religion and there is nothing I or anybody can do against the activities of Hisbah”. After an hour, I was released.

“The entire ordeal raises serious concerns. I informed them that detaining a journalist on their premises without a reason or opportunity to provide a statement is a clear violation of press freedom.”

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