Ayodele Samuel

Police Detain Newspaper Publisher Days After Meeting Bail Conditions

The publisher and managing editor of the Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper, Ayodele Samuel, has been detained by the police despite having complied with the court-imposed bail requirements.

Samuel, who is also the CEO of Rock FM 92.3 in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, was remanded for six days despite having complied with his bail conditions, which required N10 million and two sureties who had to live in Jalingo and own landed properties worth N5 million each.

According to sources who spoke to SaharaReporters, Darius Ishaku, the state governor, is giving the police commands.

“The publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts and CEO of Rock FM has been detained for 6 days now despite a court order granting him bail. He has since met the bail conditions but the police have refused to release him.

“The governor (Ishaku) is trying to suppress the freedom of the press in the state,” one of the sources said.

Samuel revealed to SaharaReporters in November that Ishaku’s Aide De Camp and other state government officials had been attempting to have him killed. He claimed to have reliable information that the state administration, acting through the Attorney General, had reached an agreement with a Magistrate Court in Jalingo to detain him in custody and impose stringent bail requirements on him.


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