Sickness, dyslexia, loss of concentration, fatigue, stress, African juju busy schedule/laziness that did not allow the man to read a prepared speech ahead of time, substance abuse or whatever it is as bandied about by many that may have happened to our IGP within in a period of under 20 minutes should be the problem and focus of the NPF, and not Mallam Aminu Nurudeen, the journalist that may have refused to abide by their gagging order.
What are they trying to achieve? Prove that the video was really doctored or warn other journalists of consequences, if they tell them to cooperate and not report on incident(s)? What if whatever it is that happened repeat itself again after the arrest or if the young man turned himself in?
I read The Punch report and it tallies with an earlier report on social media by one Mallam AbdulSalam who claimed to be at the event and that within 15 minutes the Chief of all Police was whisked away out of Kano with the excuse that it is “spiritual attack”.
And now they want to arrest the Journalist? What if some of the others who were there and cooperated with their silence decide to corroborate the young man?
The Punch report;
“‘The police authorities were upset with the journalist because he had allegedly disobeyed a directive by the Kano State Police Command to journalists present at the event not to report the IG’s blunder or make the video public. The IG’s blunder brought an end to the event, leading the police chief’s handlers to hurriedly usher him away from the venue of the event.”‘
Why leave the problem (may be illness and probably symptoms) and go after Mallam Aminu Nurudeem?
I’ll suggest to Mallam Aminu to turn himself in. But before that he (and his employers) must locate very good, renown and ethical lawyer(s), to go with him to the Kano State Police Command HQ.
He should go along with the Chairman of the NUJ, Kano Chapter, his district head, a doctor to check his condition before he submit himself and any prominent person he can get.
Importantly, the boy should release all 15+ minutes of the video the early part he released and the later part the police released, together, no edits, no repeats or reduction.
This idea that out public officials or those in position of authority can not be seen in their weak elements, sick/unhealthy, making mistakes is ridiculously dangerous.