Monday, 4 March 2013
WAZOBIA Fm Staff Arrested
Reports have it that the Police in Kano state has detained three staff of Wazobia FM, investigating the contents of a programme they aired last week. According to head of station, Salisu Bello Kankarofi, Mohammed Suleiman Gama (Head of programmes), Yakubu Musa Fagge (Presenter) and Mubarak Muhamad Sani (Reporter) were invited to the Bompai Police HQ around 9:30am on Sunday for questioning and have remained in detention since then.
Detained alongside the trio is Abubakar Rabo, former director of Kano Films and Censorship Board.
Trouble started after the station aired a programme on alleged fraud in the polio vaccination exercise a few days before the attack on vaccination workers in two local government areas, leading to the death of 9 of them.
The station had packaged an investigative report on the conduct of the exercise after an attack on one of its reporters, Mubarak Sani, at the home of the Alh. Rabo while polio officials and a group of men said to be PDP supporters were trying to force Rabo to allow the immunisation officials vaccinate his children.
In the course of collecting information in the ensuing fracas, Sani was allegedly beaten up and his equipment seized.
The police are trying to establish a connection between the contents of the said programme and the shooting of the vaccination workers.