Police : Detained Leadership journalist released in Kaduna

Police : Detained Leadership journalist released in Kaduna

The Leadership Newspapers Chief, Midat Joseph, who was arrested by police in Kaduna on Wednesday, has been released on bail.

Joseph has been in custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for alleged inciting comment.

Joseph and one Eusebius Yayock were arrested over a comment on a WhatApp group chat where they had contributed to a conversation to a call for a protest against the continued killings in Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna State.

The duo were first detained on Wednesday at the metropolitan police station by the CID from where they were transferred to the Kaduna Police Command Headquarters and also held over night by the CID in their Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) cell from where they were charged to court for prosecution.

The police prosecution said Joseph and Yayock had on a Whatsapp group known as Southern Kaduna Victims Support (SKVS) made an inciting comment with intention to cause public disturbance in Kaduna State over alleged killing of Southern Kaduna residents contrary to section 97,114 and 393 of penal code law of Kaduna state 1991.

Counsels to Midat and the other accused person, James Kanyip Esq and Maxwell Kyom Esq applied for their bail, which was granted by the Chief Magistrate.

The presiding magistrate, Chief Magistrate‎ Emmanuel Yusuf granted Joseph and the other accused person bail each in the sum of Fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) and a reliable and respectable surety in like sum.

He subsequently adjourned the case to the 31st May, 2017 for continuation of hearing.

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