Kaduna commissioner accuses reporter of incitement, defamation of character


The Kaduna Voice Commissioner for Internal Security and Dwelling Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has accused a web publication of fabricating falsehood and inciting the final public against him.

Mr Aruwan on Tuesday acknowledged he despatched a petition on Sunday to the protection companies over the publication. It just isn’t definite whether or no longer any of the companies has taken movement because the reporter of the acknowledged yarn, Luka Binniyat, responded to a text message from PREMIUM TIMES with a signal that he modified into in detention.

Mr Aruwan on Tuesday addressed a press conference in Kaduna where he decried the publication and disclosed the actions he had taken on it.

“On 29th October 2021, my attention modified into drawn to a web publication authored by one Luka Binniyat. On this publication, Mr Binniyat quoted Senator Danjuma Laah of the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District as pointing out that I’m being extinct to quilt up a genocide against Christians in Southern Kaduna.

“Ahead of questioning the veracity of the purported assertion, I’m supremely eager first, for the implications of such an announcement on the peace and security of our suppose, thanks to the non secular and ethnic sentiments it has conveyed,” he acknowledged at a press conference.

“As a passionate journalist on fling away of absence in public carrier, I’m acutely responsive to the burden of real accountability, which must accompany correct reportage for the consumption of the final public.

“Crucially also, it might perhaps per chance accrued be known that this materials has exposed my lifestyles and the lives of my household to grave and quick risk.

“It’s essential to be responsive to happenings in Kaduna Voice. Interior the closing 40 years; hundreds of lives and properties were lost, and lingering bitter sentiments are accrued being managed for reasons linked to the allegations now levelled against my particular person.

“It’s seemingly you’ll per chance per chance equally be responsive to the recent mob killing and elimination of a complete household in Zangon Aya, Igabi native authorities space, after being stereotyped, along with the killing of some locals within the Doka identical earlier space after they were labelled ‘traitors’, merely because they were liberal in an ambiance of ethnic and non secular hostility.”

Mr Aruwan acknowledged other than for reporting the subject to the protection companies for a thorough investigation, he had also rapid the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the national and Kaduna Voice stages, “as a label of respect.”

“I rep also noticed some emotional mobilisation to deflect attention from the crux of this subject, which is despicable falsehood and defamation, and conceal my most major response as an assault on freedom of expression. This total misrepresentation of the self-discipline is merely mischievous, petty and mundane.

“I rep, therefore, regarded because it most major to condominium you on this subject, to your passable files. This is in a position to even wait on to dispute you of the actions I were compelled to grab to stem the horrendous damage to my recognition intended by the author of the defamatory yarn,” Mr Aruwan told reporters on Sunday.

Senator allegedly denies granting viewers to reporter

Mr Aruwan acknowledged the senator quoted within the publication, Mr La’ah, has, on the different hand, denied granting an interview to Mr Binniyat.

“To boot to the criticism to the protection companies, my attorneys also wrote Senator La’ah on 1st November 2021, looking out for his confirmation or in every other case of the quote attributed to him by Luka Binniyat,” Mr Aruwan acknowledged.

He acknowledged Mr La’ah, thru his attorneys, responded to his correspondence by denying what modified into attributed to him within the publication.

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“We’re Solicitors to Senator Danjuma La’ah, hereinafter ceaselessly known as “Our Client”, on whose instructions we hereby reply to your letter in relation to the above self-discipline subject.


“Our Client rapid us that he modified into horrified by the protest material of your letter thru which you acknowledged he granted an interview to Epoch Times thru their correspondent, Mr. Luka Binniyat. Our Client rapid us that even if he is aware of Luka Binniyat, he by no methodology granted any interview or made any comment casting aspersion on either the Kaduna Voice Govt or Samuel Aruwan, the Honourable Commissioner for Internal Security of Kaduna Voice who he regards as a younger Brother and holds in high care for. He by no methodology made such assertion either thru Luka Binniyat or any varied medium.”

“We hope this clarification will score the self-discipline to leisure,” Mr Aruwan qouted Mr La’ah’s response, at the click conference.

PREMIUM TIMES made a number of calls and despatched a text message to the cellphone of Mr Binyat for his response to the allegation. A reply to the text message later acknowledged: “He’s in detention and might perhaps no longer talk on the cellphone now, when he is free to talk, we are in a position to name, sir.”

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