The Kaduna State Correspondent of Leadership newspaper, Mr Midat Joseph was not arrested because he filed stories against the government but because of his activities as an activist, a top security source confided in New Telegraph yesterday.
Speaking to our correspondent, the security chief said that Joseph is a member of Southern Kaduna internet chat group which has consistently been calling for taking up arms against the state, in order to retaliate the incessant attacks on their communities
He revealed that the group has been monitored since February and ‘’their posts have been aimed towards arms insurrection to force government to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.’’
It will be recalled that Joseph was arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as he was leaving the NUJ Press Centre, Kaduna at about 5:00pm on Wednesday. He was subsequently taken to the Metro Police Station, Panteka, Kaduna, where he is being detained.
‘’Contrary to reports, Midat was not arrested because he criticized the government in his reports or did anything within his professional calling as a journalist. He is among a group that is trying to cause mayhem in Kaduna, over the Southern Kaduna issue,’’ he said.
According to him, one of the posts was calling on the members of the chat group to arm Southern Kaduna people with guns so that they can avenge the killings of their people by Fulani herdsmen.
“One of them even said that they should shut down Kaduna in a violent protest so that the government will impose curfew in the capital city, thereby attracting global attention.
“The discussants said that the only alternative to bringing the killings of Southern Kaduna to an end is to engage in arms struggle. They said that the state and federal governments and the international community will not come to their aid unless they take their destiny into their hands,’’ he said.
The security chief pointed out that Midat was not the only one who was arrested but several others are being interrogated before charging them formally to court. He didn’t however state names and the number of the people who are behind bars.
Another source told New Telegraph that Mr Joseph’s house at Sabon Tasha has been ransacked by security agents to find out whether there are arms, pending when he will be arraigned to court today.
Some executive members Kaduna state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have making frantic efforts to see police commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abeh over issue as at the time of filing this report.