For the second time in six weeks, the editor of the Al-Mizan Newspaper Musa Muhammad Awwal has once again been whisked away by security operatives.
Awwal was earlier arrested alongside one of the reporters late last year and were released early January this year after spending eight days with the security operatives in an unknown destination.
Information gathered from his family members, who witnessed the incident, said the Joint Task Force (JTF) and men of the SSS arrived the residence around 3:30 am yesterday in some Hilux open vans and jeeps, carrying sophisticated weapons and in larger numbers in that earlier attack.
According to the family source, those who arrested him this time around said his arrest was ordered from Abuja, adding that his cell phone and laptop were immediately seized from him after subjecting his residence to thorough search before whisking him away without warrant of arrest, again to an unknown destination.
Findings revealed that his earlier arrest was not unconnected to the lead story of a past edition of the Al-Mizan Newspaper which revealed the atrocities of the JTF in Potiskum, in which 84 persons were said to have been abducted.
A release signed and issued by the editor-in- chief of the Al-Mizan Newspaper, Ibrahim Musa, said, “We hereby call for the immediate and unconditional release of Musa Muhhammad Awwal whose arrest has violated due process and individual human rights.”
It called on the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Guild of Editors, Press Union of the Islamic World, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Human and Civil Rights groups, as well all concerned and well meaning personalities that believe in the tenets of fairness and justice to humanity, to denounce “this atrocities perpetrated by the security personnel in the name of providing security”.