Published on February 11, 2013
Three staff of the Kano station of Wazobia FM have been arrested by the
Nigerian police over what security
agencies described as inciting reports
that allegedly led to the attack on two
health centres at Angwar Uku and Hotoro quarters last Friday.
Residents of the northern Nigerian city of Kano were shocked as they woke up that day to the sad news of the killing of
nine female social health workers who
were on duty by yet unidentified gunmen on tricycles. Puzzled by the attack which is the second within the last six months, detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, acting on orders from Abuja went after the journalists whose
programme was believed to have incited Islamic extremists to kill the health workers in protest over the polio exercise in the city.
Suleiman Gama, producer of the Hausa
programme, Sandar Girma, Yakubu Musa, presenter of the programme and Mubarak Malam, reporter, are being quizzed by detectives at the Bompai headquarters of Kano Police Command. Security agencies believe that in the radio program, polio immunization was
criticized as anti-Islam and western ploy
to reduce the population of the region via infertility.
Mr.Ibrahim Idris, Kano state Commissioner of Police confirmed the
arrest of the radio journalists, describing their action as, “irresponsible
journalism,” pointing out that thorough
investigation are being carried out by his men. According to him, the programme which was aired few days before the attack was grossly inciting, noting that it influenced the behavior of the attackers.