National Youth Council of Nigeria demands the Immediate Release of NewsDigest Editor, Webmaster
The National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has demanded for the immediate release of the Gidado Yushau, the editor of NewsDigest, and his webmaster, Mr. Adebowale Adekoya.
President of the Youth council, Mr. Bello Shagari made this known in a statement issued to journalist in Abuja, adding that the manner of the arrest was unprofessional and uncalled for.
“the manner in which the young journalist was reported to have been apprehended in a sting operation is unprofessional and unnecessary. Mr. Gidado is a reputable journalist who respects the rule of law and therefore, an invitation would have been enough if it was necessary to investigate him on anything”
“The journalist who was allegedly arrested because of exposing criminality especially on drugs, a problem which the government of president Muhammadu Buhari prioritize. Mr. Gidado Yushau deserves accolades for helping the fight against drug use no matter who may be involved”
“we therefore demand the immediate release of Mr. Gidado Shuaib and other staff of NewsDigest before the Nigerian youth and students resort into mass action against Kwara State Police Command” he emphasized.
Mr. Gidado was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday night, the 29 of October for publishing an investigative report which was published on the 18th of May 2018 which was authored by Mr. Alfred Olufemi, an award-winning campus journalist from one of the premier Universities in the country.
The report is titled: Inside Kwara factory where Indian Hemp smoking is ‘legalized’ and the factory, Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industry based in Ilorin is said to be owned by Former acting CBN Governor, Mrs. Sarah Alade.