NUJ Relocates To Kaduna Over Luka Binniyat’s Incarceration

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Worried about the prolonged incarceration of Kaduna journalist, Luka Binniyat, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Waheed Odusile and the National Secretary are in Kaduna for the case billed for Kaduna High Court 10 on Monday.
They are said to be on ground for solidarity as well as seeking alternative dispute resolution on the matter.
The case before Justice Bashir Sukola has seen the journalist behind walls of the Kaduna Convict Prison, over charges of false publication of a report of killings, published by the Vanguard Newspapers.
He has been in prison for 54 days and another 39 days plus an extra day, making a total of 94 days.
Commenting, Mr. Binniyat said that the malicious condition slammed on him should be relaxed to nearest minimum of conditions commensurate with the charges.
He said the bail conditions slammed on him was worrisome, haven been in prison and seen people with worse offences with lighter bail condition.
The President and secretary of NUJ are welcome, it’s the kind of solidarity we expect from a responsive and responsible union.
“When you are in prison, such visits uplift your spirit and assure you are not abandoned by your professional colleagues, from which job I am suffering persecution,” he said.
On how being away from home feels, he said he misses his  wife and kids and the liberty of living free.
On if he would go back to work for Vanguard if called upon by the publisher Mr. Sam Amuka as being rumoured, he said he knows him to be a person who if he wants to have him back, would communicate to him through channels, including his lawyers.
But if the offer comes, I am still in court and would discuss such offers with my lawyers and family,” he added.

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