Yau Saeed Mubi, an Adamawa state-based freelance Journalist and founder of Y2S On-line Television (TV), remains in custody after his arrest at his home in Yola, Northeast Nigeria by men of the Nigerian Police Force, FCT command on 27 December 2022
Nigerian Observatory For Human Rights(NOHR) learned that Mr. Mubi was arrested in his home in Yola and taken to Abuja on the instruction of Senator Elisha Ishiaku Abbo the Senator. It is not clear why he was arrested or the charges against him but sources told NOHR that he has been denied access to his family, associates, and lawyer since his arrest.
Reacting to the incident the Northern Nigeria Human Rights Advocates(NONIHRA), a coalition of human rights groups on Thursday condemned the arrest and detention of the Journalist saying it is illegal and arbitrary.
NONIHRA in a statement signed by Sylvester Yibis called for the immediate release of the journalism and immediate access to his family and lawyer or his arraignment in a
NONIHRA said the action of the Police contradict Section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, and Articles 3 of the African Charter on Human Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap (A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 the police have no power to detain anyone for this number of days unless is provided by law.
“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can be achieved when there is a universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal right of all members of the human family” the statement added.