A journalist and Kaduna State Correspondent of Vanguard newspapers, Mr. Luka Binniyat, has been arrested by Departments of State Security, DSS, and charged to court for alleged false publication injurious, on killings in Southern Kaduna. He was arraigned before a Kaduna Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, Monday for allegedly fabricating injurious and falsehood publication capable of causing disturbance of public peace contrary to section 393 and 113 of the penal code.
Mr. Luka Binniyat, who was earlier invited by DSS, Kaduna State for questioning, drove himself to the office around 10am, where was interrogated and handed over to the police, who later charged him to court.
The charges against him reads, “On the 22nd day of January, 2017, report at the disposal of the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State reveal that, you Luka Binniyat ‘m’ of No. 7 Peter Street, Ungwar Boro, Kaduna State, a journalist, made a circulatory publication on newspapers and social media containing falsehood statements capable of breaching the public peace; whereby you stated that five (5) students of College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, were ambushed and shot dead by herdsmen somewhere close to Gidan Waya, amongst other injurious statements, which you know and believed very well that it was not true.
“An intrigue to cause feud among the peoples living within Kaduna State, thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 393 and 113 of the penal code law of Kaduna State 1991.”
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, granted Mr. Luka Binniyat bail to the tune of N200,000 and a surety in like sum. The surety, it added, must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, covered with a Certificate of Occupancy.
Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council, spearheaded by the interim executive, condemned the arrested by DSS, saying that due process of law should be followed strictly and constitutionally.
A statement signed by the secretary of the interim exco, Bello Hamza, stated that false publication is a civil case and required only legal process, instead of arrest by security, since Vanguard – his organization – is known to have offices almost in all states in Nigeria.
At the time of filling this report, the journalist was allegedly granted bail by the court but was yet to be released due to inability to meet up with ‘bail conditions’ given him.