by Dare Lawal
Yesterday in Kano, men of the Nigeria Police Force arrested three staff of Wazobia FM, Kano, over their “inciting reports” which allegedly led to the attack on two health centres at Angwar Uku and Hotoro quarters.
During the attack which happened last Friday, nine female social health workers who were on duty were killed by unidentified gunmen on tricycles.
The three Wazobia FM staff arrested include Suleiman Gama (producer of the Hausa programme, Sandar Girma), Yakubu Musa, (presenter of the programme) and Mubarak Malam (reporter). The police believe that the three of them had used their radio programme to criticize polio immunization in the North, describing it as anti-Islam and a ploy by the West to reduce the population of the North via infertility. It was this programme which incited the Islamic extremists to kill the health workers in protest, according to the police.
Consequently, the State Criminal Investigation Department, reportedly acting on orders from Abuja went after the journalists.
The Kano state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris, confirmed the arrest of the radio journalists. He said that they practised “irresponsible journalism,” and that it was their “grossly inciting” programme which influenced the behaviour of the islamists.
He said a thorough investigation was being carried out by his men.